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Thompson, Brian 1935-

Overview
Works: 54 works in 171 publications in 3 languages and 4,562 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Television programs  Documentary television programs  Film adaptations  Drama  Detective and mystery television programs  Personal narratives‡vBritish 
Roles: Author, Producer
Classifications: PR6070.H662, 823.914
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The disastrous Mrs. Weldon : the life, loves, and lawsuits of a legendary Victorian by Brian Thompson( Book )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 635 libraries worldwide
"Born to fanatically snobbish parents on Princess Victoria's eighteenth birthday, Georgina Weldon grew up to wreak havoc on almost everyone she met. Her father was the first to miscalculate Georgina's maverick nature. After he lost both a run for Parliament and any chance of inheritance, he took his family off to Tuscany, where he could watch and wait until his daughter became old enough to marry well and so repair his own fortunes." "Georgina had other ideas. Her scandalous affair with a married man and her defiant marriage to the less-than-prosperous young hussar officer Harry Weldon were just the first signs that she was no ordinary girl."
The widow's secret by Brian Thompson( Book )
13 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Dutch and held by 424 libraries worldwide
Bella Wallis discovers the plots for her sensationalist novels in the alleyways, drawing rooms and dirty laundry of Victorian London. Under the pen name of Henry Ellis Margam, our indomitable heroine takes revenge upon the scoundrels who litter London Society by destroying them - in print. So when Bella discovers a crested cigar case at the scene of a murdered prostitute, she and her friends are determined to write a mystery that will avenge the wretched girl's death. But the owner of the coat of arms is a dangerous and powerful man, and the world he inhabits far murkier than Bella could ever have imagined
The captain's table by Brian Thompson( Book )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 322 libraries worldwide
London, 1875. At Lady Cornford's famous soiree (sugared almonds and tittle-tattle) everyone is gossiping about Henry Ellis Margam's latest hit, "The Widow's Secret". Only a few people know that one of Lady C's guests, the enigmatic Bella Wallis, is in fact the bestselling novelist. Bella punishes evil-doers by exposing them as thinly-disguised characters in the books she writes under her male pseudonym. Armed with her pen, the handsome Miss Wallis surrounds herself with useful men: the dashing Philip Westland, possibly a government spy; Captain Quigley, Bella's fixer, and his shady assistant, Murch, who can always crack a bone or two when someone needs persuading. Westland comes to Bella with a problem: his best friend Kennett is smitten by the heiress Miss Mary Skillane. But Mary's father, Sir William is 'an old fraud with a beautiful daughter' and she has been promised to Robert Judd, a vulgar treasure seeker. Mary is due to inherit the Skillane pearls, currently residing in a red lacquer box in a Cornish bank vault. But the pearls it seems were ill-gotten, and as Bella and her band uncover more of the strange business, a new Henry Ellis Margam novel looks set to be written, if Bella can first side-step her own affairs of the heart, and evade a brutal threat to her life
The player's curse by Brian Thompson( Book )
9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 316 libraries worldwide
"Crime novelist Bella Wallis' long and half-acknowledged engagement to Westland is beginning to suffer as his own shadowy job, working for the government, continually takes him abroad." -- publisher
Campion ( visu )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 243 libraries worldwide
Peter Davison plays Margery Allingham's enigmatic sleuth, with Brian Glover as his loyal but slightly shady manservant
Imperial vanities : the adventures of the Baker brothers and Gordon of Khartoum by Brian Thompson( Book )
9 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 202 libraries worldwide
"Imperial Vanities is the entwined story of three Victorians. Two of these men were brothers - Sir Samuel Baker, the irrepressible adventurer and explorer, and Colonel Valentine Baker, reckoned by his age to be the leading cavalry officer of the British Army before disgrace and humiliation overwhelmed him. The third is the enigmatic and troubled Charles 'Chinese' Gordon, murdered by the Mahdi's forces in Khartoum in 1885." "The lives of these three men were bent and twisted by the nineteenth-century conviction that an Englishman was at the summit of God's creation, to whom was given the task of changing the entire world. The outcome of such a belief was to turn a collection of forts and anchorages, factories and trading posts into the quasi-mystical Big Idea we have forgotten today - the British Empire as creator and destroyer." "Imperial Vanities is an adventure story in the high tradition, ranging from the upper Nile to Ceylon, Egypt and the slave markets of the Balkans. Wilful, profoundly eccentric and driven by the sort of idealism we no longer consider an heroic virtue, the lives of these men combine to make a tragi-comic commentary on the most widely-held conviction of their times: that God himself was an Englishman. 'Better a ball in the brain than to flicker out unheeded', Gordon wrote in his journal. Written with Thompson's masterly touch, this is history at its best."--Jacket
Buddy boy : a novel by Brian Thompson( Book )
4 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 164 libraries worldwide
Placed in a private school in Cambridge, young Barry feels a sense of dislocation as he watches war rising before his eyes and observes the activities of the American Eighth Air Force
The sailor's ransom by Brian Thompson( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 130 libraries worldwide
"London is alive with gossip about the thrilling new book by sensationalist author Henry Ellis Margam, but only a select group of people know that the real author is beautiful widow, and member of high society, Bella Wallis. One of her confidantes is the dashing Philip Westland, who comes to Bella now with a problem: his best friend Kennett is smitten with the heiress Mary Skillane but Mary's father, Sir William, has promised her to Robert Judd, a vulgar treasure-seeker. Mary is due to inherit the Skillane pearls, which are currently residing in a Cornish bank vault, but it seems that the pearls were ill-gotten. Can Bella and her friends reunite the young lovers and escape the attention of the villainous Judd?"--Page 4 of cover
Ladder of angels by Brian Thompson( Book )
2 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in French and English and held by 126 libraries worldwide
British PI Patrick Ganley is hired to find the missing daughter of a businessman and the probe leads him to an affair with the client's wife. A tale of sodomy, sex-for-hire and murder
Devastating Eden : the search for Utopia in America by Brian Thompson( Book )
6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 79 libraries worldwide
Trooper Jackson's story by Brian Thompson( Book )
3 editions published between 1979 and 1988 in English and held by 76 libraries worldwide
Tishoo, a play by Brian Thompson( Book )
5 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 74 libraries worldwide
Portrait of Leeds by Brian Thompson( Book )
5 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 59 libraries worldwide
Turning over by Brian Thompson( Book )
3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 58 libraries worldwide
The Bella Wallis mysteries by Brian Thompson( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 55 libraries worldwide
Bad to the bone by Brian Thompson( Book )
4 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 54 libraries worldwide
The universe ( visu )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 49 libraries worldwide
Explores the history of man's expanding knowledge of the universe, including the most recent celestial discoveries
A half-baked life : my story so far by Brian Thompson( Book )
6 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 40 libraries worldwide
The nightmare of a Victorian bestseller : Martin Tupper's "Proverbial philosophy" by Brian Thompson( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 35 libraries worldwide
India ( visu )
4 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
British writer Brian Thompson travels south in India by train from Bombay, passing through four states and crossing the dusty Deccan Plain, to Cochin. He visits Ootacamund
 
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Alternative Names
Thompson, Brian John William 1935-
Languages
English (124)
Dutch (1)
French (1)
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