Dennis Wheatley

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INTRODUCTION

At last, a page that has been waiting for over two years to be published!  I had hoped to introduce this with a history of the Book Club but apart from knowing that Christina Foyle was instrumental in making the Book Club her own, my own knowledge is negligible.  I had also been hopeful that Foyles would contribute knowledge from their archives but, regrettably, this has not been forthcoming, so I am left with presenting these editions just as they are.  As you will see from browsing the page some of the jacket designs are works of art and I am thrilled that I have been able to capture them for posterity. 

William Stewart of Halifax, Nova Scotia has very kindly pointed out to me that there is a very useful article on the development of Book Clubs in the 1930s by Terence Rodgers of Bath Spa University College entitled ‘The Right Book Club: Text Wars, Modernity and Cultural Politics in the Late Thirties’. The article appeared in the Manchester University Press Literature & History Journal, Volume 12 Issue 2 (Autumn 2003).

To read the article, click the following link :

http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/uploads/docs/s1_3.pdf

If any one else has any further information on The Book Club, I and many others would be grateful.

As to the titles, I'm sure there must be more out there, somewhere.  If you have details of other Book Club editions or know where I can get those details, please contact me:
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Bill For The Use Of A Body Codeword–Golden Fleece Come Into My Parlour Curtain Of Fear
The Book Club Hutchinson's Universal Book Club The Book Club The Book Club
wrapper for the Book Club edition of Bill For The Use Of A Body cover for Hutchinson's Universal Book Club edition of Codeword–Golden Fleece wrapper for the Book Club edition of Come Into My Parlour wrapper for the Book Club edition of Curtain Of Fear
wrapper by H T (no known wrapper) wrapper by E Wade wrapper by Taylor
1965 June 1947
1949 undated
(circa 1953/54)

 

Dangerous Inheritance The Dark Secret Of Josephine Desperate Measures The Devil And All His Works
The Book Club The Book Club The Book Club Book Club Associates
wrapper for the Book Club edition of Dangerous Inheritance wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Dark Secret Of Josephine wrapper for the Book Club edition of Desperate Measures wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Devil And All His Works
wrapper by illustrator's initials(?G.C.) wrapper unattributed wrapper by Jim Robins wrapper by Leslie and Lorraine Gerry
undated
(circa 1965/66)
[June 1956] 1975 1977

 

Evil In A Mask Faked Passports Gateway To Hell The Haunting
Of Toby Jugg
The Book Club The Book Club The Book Club Hutchinson's Universal Book Club
wrapper for the Book Club edition of Evil In A Mask wrapper for the Book Club edition of Faked Passports wrapper for the Book Club edition of Gateway To Hell cover for Hutchinson's Universal Book Club edition of The Haunting Of Toby Jugg
wrapper unattributed wrapper unattributed wrapper unattributed (no known wrapper)
1970 1941 1971 February 1950

 

The Haunting
Of Toby Jugg
The Irish Witch The Island Where Time Stands Still The Ka Of Gifford Hillary
The Mystery Book Guild The Book Club The Book Club The Book Club
cover for The Mystery Book Guild edition of The Haunting Of Toby Jugg wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Irish Witch wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Island Where Time Stands Still wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Ka Of Gifford Hillary
wrapper unattributed wrapper by Biro wrapper by Felix Kelly wrapper by H Johns
December 1952 1974 undated
(circa 1954/55)
undated
(circa 1956/57)

 

The Man Who Missed The War Mayhem In Greece The Rape Of Venice The Ravishing Of Lady Mary Ware
The Book Club The Book Club The Book Club The Book Club
wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Man Who Missed The War wrapper for the Book Club edition of Mayhem In Greece wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Rape Of Venice wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Ravishing Of Lady Mary Ware
wrapper unattributed wrapper by Outhill wrapper by Philip Gough wrapper unattributed
1946 1962 [1959] 1972

 

Red Eagle The Satanist The Satanist Star Of Ill-Omen
The Book Club The Book Club Book Club Associates The Book Club
wrapper for the Book Club edition of Red Eagle wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Satanist wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Satanist wrapper for the Book Club edition of Star Of Ill-Omen
wrapper unattributed wrapper unattributed wrapper unattributed wrapper by Taylor
1938 [1960] 1979 (circa 1952/53)

 

Strange Conflict The Strange Story Of Linda Lee The Sultan's Daughter The Sword Of Fate
The Book Club The Book Club The Book Club The Book Club
wrapper for the Book Club edition of Strange Conflict wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Strange Story Of Linda Lee wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Sultan's Daughter wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Sword Of Fate
wrapper by Mog wrapper by Patricia Faulkner wrapper unattributed wrapper by Mog
1942 1973 1964 1942

 

They Found Atlantis They Found Atlantis They Used Dark Forces To The Devil—A Daughter
Hutchinson's Universal Book Club Hutchinson's Universal Book Club The Book Club The Book Club
cover for Hutchinson's Universal Book Club edition of They Found Atlantis cover for Hutchinson's Universal Book Club edition of They Found Atlantis wrapper for the Book Club edition of They Used Dark Forces wrapper for the Book Club edition of To The Devil—A Daughter
(no known wrappers) (no known wrappers) wrapper by Outhill wrapper by Felix Kelly
undated
(earliest 1942)
(contains an erratum pointing out a printing error on page 18)
undated
(earliest 1942)
(corrected issue)
undated
(circa 1964/65)
undated
(circa 1953/54)

 

Traitors' Gate Uncharted Seas Uncharted Seas Unholy Crusade
The Book Club Hutchinson’s Universal Book Club Hutchinson's Universal Book Club The Book Club
wrapper for the Book Club edition of Traitors' Gate cover for Hutchinson's Universal Book Club edition of Uncharted Seas cover for Hutchinson's Universal Book Club edition of Uncharted Seas wrapper for the Book Club edition of Unholy Crusade
wrapper by Sax (no known wrapper) (no known wrapper) wrapper unattributed
[October 1959] undated
(marked ‘82nd Thousand’)
(earliest 1943)
undated
(marked '97th Thousand')
(earliest 1943)
[1967]

 

V For Vengeance Vendetta In Spain The Wanton Princess The White Witch Of The South Seas
The Book Club The Book Club The Book Club The Book Club
wrapper for the Book Club edition of V For Vengeance wrapper for the Book Club edition of Vendetta In Spain wrapper for the Book Club edition of The Wanton Princess wrapper for the Book Club edition of The White Witch Of The South Seas
wrapper by Mog wrapper by Sax wrapper by Outhill wrapper by illustrator's initials(?FM)
1943 [1961] [August 1967] [February 1969]

 

The Devil Rides Out [&] Gateway To Hell To The Devil—A Daughter [&] The Satanist    
BCA BCA    
wrapper for the BCA edition of The Devil Rides Out / Gateway To Hell wrapper for the BCA edition of To The Devil—A Daughter / The Satanist    
wrapper by Victoria Nemeth and Andrew Forrest wrapper by Victoria Nemeth and Andrew Forrest    
[November] 2005 [November] 2005    

 



 

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