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Released January 1, 1963

£125.00

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Biggles is asked by Rod Macaster to help him with problems on the Scottish Island of Tola. Macaster, a man of some means, has leased the island from the British Government and plans to re-populate the apparently deserted island. Strange goings on have lead him to the police. Biggles, taking Algy, Bertie and Ginger with him, decides to go to the island to investigate. They fly by police helicopter and meet Rod there, as he is taking supplies in his boat. They arrive to find that Rod's boat has been scuttled. Algy is sent back in the helicopter with various instructions, while the rest remain and set up a base camp in an old abandoned cottage. Living rough in the cottage, Biggles' plan is to lie low and see what is going on. Ginger spots a horse at a nearby castle. Whilst Bertie is fishing, he has a hostile encounter with three men. A Royal Navy helicopter arrives, sent by Algy, to look at the feasibility of raising Rod's sunken boat. A Navy frogman retrieves some supplies from the boat and this is the picture on the dust cover of the book. When the Navy leave, smoke and fire awake Biggles and Co. They find all of the heather alight and with the wind blowing in their direction, their cottage is burnt out. They only just manage to escape with their lives and some supplies. Going to investigate the castle they find a locked room which they are unable to enter. Exploring the kitchen, Biggles, Rod and Bertie are locked in and trapped. Meanwhile, Ginger is alerted to night time noises on the beach. Here men are using the horse to load something into a visiting boat. Unfortunately, Ginger is captured and taken as a prisoner to the castle, where he too is locked in the kitchen. Surprisingly, the kitchen is empty because Biggles has discovered a secret way out. The passage has been left open so it is easy for Ginger to follow and in due course he is reunited with the others. Algy returns with more supplies and some information. Biggles comes up with a plan that involves leaving Rod on his own in another cottage. Algy then flies the others off and drops them on the beach before flying away. This draws the baddies out of the castle and Biggles, Bertie and Ginger are able to get inside, capture the one man left on guard and discover what has been going on within the locked room - an illegal whisky still. A confrontation followed by a brief shoot out ends when Algy comes back with Inspector Gaskin. The baddies split into two groups, one of which surrenders immediately and the other hold up in the castle for a short while. Realising there is no escape this group eventually surrenders as well. The people captured are escaped criminals using the island as a hideout whilst making the whisky.

Book Condition & Notes

Near fine book in near fine an unclipped dustwrapper with the slightest foxing on top edge of pages. Otherwise a very bright and clean copy.


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Captain W. E. Johns

Williams Earl Johns, born 1893, was an English First World War pilot, and writer of adventure stories, usually written under the pen name Capt. W. E. Johns.

He was the creator of the fictional air-adventurer Biggles. In his 46-year writing career (1922–68) he penned over 160 books, including nearly one hundred Biggles books, more than sixty other novels and factual books, and scores of magazine articles and short stories.

His first novel, Mossyface, was published in 1922 under the pen name "William Earle". After leaving the RAF, John became a newspaper air correspondent, as well as editing and illustrating books about flying. At the request of John Hamilton Ltd, he created the magazine Popular Flying which first appeared in March 1932. It was in the pages of this magazine that Biggles first appeared.

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Book Condition & Notes

Near fine book in near fine an unclipped dustwrapper with the slightest foxing on top edge of pages. Otherwise a very bright and clean copy.


Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.