The Richard Chandos Omnibus (2-books-in-1)

Dornford Yates

Two Richard Chandos adventures.

Perishable Goods

Burglary, followed by an abduction, lead Jonathan Mansel and his friends Richard Chandos and George Hanford off on another adventure in Austria. The perpetrator is arch criminal "Rose" Noble, out to avenge himself for his defeat at their hands in their previous encounter. And the victim is Adele Pleydell, wife of Mansel's cousin but also Mansel's lady love. Follow the three adventurers in this exciting story as they get on track of Noble and his gang, and then make plans for Adele's rescue.

An Eye for a Tooth

On the way home from Germany after having captured Axel the Red's treasure, Jonathan Mansel happens upon a corpse on the road, that of an Englishman. There ensues a gripping tale of adventure and reprisal of a rather gentlemanly kind.

On publication this novel was such a hit that it was reprinted six times in its first year, and assured Yates' huge popularity. A classic Richard Chandos thriller!

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 474
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357312127
  • Price : INR 699

Dornford Yates

Dornford Yates was Cecil William Mercer (7 August 1885 5 March 1960), an English writer and novelist whose novels and short stories, some humorous (the Berry books), some thrillers (the Chandos books), were best-sellers during the Interwar Period.

The pen name Dornford Yates, first in print in 1910, resulted from combining the maiden names of his grandmothers the paternal Eliza Mary Dornford, and the maternal Harriet Yates. Mercer originally wrote short stories for the monthly magazines. His first known published work, Temporary Insanity, appeared in Punch in May 1910 this is the first known occasion of his use of his pen name and his second, Like A Tale That is Told appeared in the Red Magazine in July 1910. The first known 'Berry' story to be published, Babes in the Wood, appeared in Pearson's Magazine in September 1910.

The Berry books are semi-autobiographical, humorous romances, often in short story form, and, in particular, feature Bertram "Berry" Pleydell and his family his wife and cousin, Daphne, her brother, Boy Pleydell (the narrator), and their cousins Jonathan "Jonah" Mansel, and his sister, Jill. Collectively, they are 'Berry & Co'. Their stories capture the English upper classes of the Edwardian era, still self-assured, but affected by changing social attitudes and the decline of their fortunes.

The 'Chandos' books, starting with Blind Corner, in 1927, marked a change in style and content, being thrillers set mainly in Continental Europe (often in Carinthia, Austria), wherein the heronarrator, Richard Chandos, and colleagues, including George Hanbury and Jonathan Mansel (who also featured in the 'Berry' books), tackle criminals, protect the innocent, woo beautiful ladies, and hunt for treasure. These were originally published by Hodder and Stoughton although later they were re-issued by Ward Lock.

Cecil William Mercer died in March 1960.

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