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Guy Boothby 1867—1905

Guy Boothby

Boothby was a prolific Australian novelist and writer, noted for sensational fiction in variety magazines around the end of the nineteenth century. He lived mainly in England and is best known for such works as the Dr Nikola series; about an occultist criminal mastermind who is a Victorian forerunner to Fu Manchu, and Pharos, the Egyptian. Rudyard Kipling was his friend and mentor and his books were remembered with affection by George Orwell. (source: Wikipedia)

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A Bid for Fortune (1895)

Richard Hatteras, on holiday in Sydney, rescues a lovely young woman in distress, the start of a series of events that sees him falling in love and... read more »


A Crime of the Under-seas (1905)

Boothby was and still is a delightful writer. In this collection you can enjoy some of his finest tales, including; * A Crime of the Underseas * The... read more »


A Prince Of Swindlers (1900)

Introducing Simon Carne, a gentleman thief predating both E. W. Hornung's A. J. Raffles and Maurice Leblanc's Arsène Lupin. The British Viceroy first... read more »


Dr. Nikola Returns (1896)

Wilfred Bruce and Doctor Nikola set off for Tibet in search of a secret society "ten times as powerful as any government or priesthood in the world... read more »


Dr. Nikola's Experiment (1899)

The nefarious and wealthy Nikola has purchased a remote castle in the north of England, where the seclusion will allow him and his new assistant and... read more »


Farewell, Nikola (1901)

Boothbys fifth novel of five about the notorious Doctor Nikola, an occultist anti-hero seeking immortality and world domination. Nikola may be the... read more »


In Strange Company (1894)

Australian author Guy Boothby put his wanderlust to work as fodder for his fiction. Though his first publication was a non-fiction account of a trip... read more »


Pharos, The Egyptian (1899)

The plague is spreading across Europe -- a plague as vile and vicious as the plagues of the middle ages. It is a plague more virulent than any childhood... read more »


Sheilah McLeod (1897)

Looking back on it now I can recall every circumstance connected with that day just as plainly as if it had all happened but yesterday. In the first... read more »


The Beautiful White Devil (1897)

Get set for a rip-roaring romp around the world in Guy Newell Boothby's The Beautiful White Devil. Packing in plenty of action and romance, this novel... read more »


The Childerbridge Mystery (1902)

William Standerton returns to England with his two kids and a small fortune, where he purchases a supposedly haunted-house. Shortly after, William is... read more »


The Lust of Hate (1898)

In this the third of Boothby's Dr. Nikola novels, Nikola applies his almost hypnotic persuasion to convince an out-of-luck Australian, formerly from... read more »


The Marriage of Esther (1895)

Two men, a fight, and a series of calamitous circumstances. The bar of the Hotel of All Nations, Thursday Island. Time, 9.35, one hot evening towards... read more »


The Race of Life (1906)

It was nearly nightfall when that melancholy little party made their appearance at the head station. Dick, with great foresight, had sent the ration... read more »


The Red Rat's Daughter (1899)

John Grantham Browne is rich, extremely rich - a millionaire many times over, but there's a mystery affort. Sit back and enjoy another great crime... read more »