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simon

simon has written 491 posts for readersvoice.com

Cameos of Crime p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to find a few good reading tips. It includes samples of stories from out of print or forgotten books. This issue features Cameos of Crime by Michael O’Sullivan, (1866-1950). It’s a police officer’s memoir of his professional life throughout country Queensland and Brisbane. He was born in Ireland but arrived in Rockhampton in […]

Michael O’Sullivan p2

Michael O’Sullivan gives an account of an apparent bank robbery in Brisbane, which he described as a put-up job… He continues: I left the bank and on my way to the barracks I met a letter-carrier with whom I had a saluting acquaintance. In five minutes I learned that he had on several occasions delivered […]

Michael O’Sullivan p3

In Cameos of Crime, Michael O’Sullivan writes of a horse thief in Rockhampton. The thief would steal horses used by butchers, merchants, breweries and storekeepers. Then he would “plant” the horses, or keep them in some field. When a reward was offered for the missing horses, he would find them and claim the reward. The […]

Convicts and vigilantes in San Francisco p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to give people a few good reading tips. It includes samples from interesting out-of-print and forgotten books. This issue features a travel book from 1870 that describes an influx of ex-convicts from Australia into San Francisco after the discovery of gold in California in 1848. Due to an understaffed and under-resourced police force, […]

Charles W. Dilke p2

More from Greater Britain, A record of travel in English-speaking Countries during 1866 and 1867, by Sir Charles W. Dilke, published 1870. He talks about a lawless time in San Francisco with gangs of ex-convicts from Australia causing havoc. Due to the lack of law and order, some citizens formed Vigilance Committees, with disturbing results… […]

Charles W. Dilke p3

More from Greater Britain, A record of travel in English-speaking Countries during 1866 and 1867, by Sir Charles W. Dilke, published 1870. He talks about the Vigilance Committee that started in San Francisco, due to a lack of adequate policing and scant law and order in general. This resulted in a horrific situation… Mr Dilke […]

Lifeline Bookfest returns

Norman Wallis reports on the return of the Brisbane Bookfest from June 26 to July 4. A contact of mine is close friends with someone pretty high up in the Lifeline organisation. I proposed an impertinent plan. I would happily visit the warehouse where they stored the millions of second hand books that are donated […]

Secrets of a Solicitor p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to give a few interesting reading tips. It features samples from forgotten or out of print books. Edward Maltby’s memoir, Secrets of a Solicitor, published 1929, brings Edwardian society to life. He writes tales of the wastrels, society rogues and adventuresses he encountered in the course of his practice. There are some bizarre […]

Edward Maltby p2

The tale of a Mayfair lounger, continued, from Secrets Of a Solicitor, by Edward Maltby, published 1929 by John Long, Ltd, of London. The young playboy put his Machiavellian plan into action. He thought of one 20 year old heiress of his acquaintance. He knew that her widowed mother was fond of him. But the […]

Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf (1898-1971) was an American author of joke books and collections of humorous anecdotes, and co- founder of Random House publishers. He frequently appeared on US tv game shows like What’s My Line?  One of his big sellers was Bennett Cerf’s Vest Pocket Book of Jokes, originally published in 1956. He writes: An attorney […]