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BIggles and the Poor Rich Boy

BIggles and the Poor Rich Boy

by Captain W. E. Johns

Publisher Brockhampton Press

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Eddie Ross, the United States' member of the International Police Bureau asks Biggles for his help in tracking down a kidnapped boy called Carlo Salvatore, the son of multi-millionaire Rosario Salvatore. He had been kidnapped by Cesare Paola, a man with a grievance against the multi-millionaire. The boy Carlo had been protected all his life and had gone willingly with his kidnapper who offered him the chance to go flying and fishing, which were Carlo's main interests. Eddie has traced the kidnapper and the boy to the United Kingdom. Biggles enlists the help of Inspector Gaskin of Scotland Yard, to trace them to a hotel in Scotland where it is presumed that the boy has been taken fishing. Travelling to Scotland, Biggles, Ginger and Bertie, together with Eddie Ross arrive at the hotel to find that their birds have flown. There then follows a protracted chase around Scotland where the kidnapper, who is now calling himself Cornelli, is always one step ahead. At one stage, Cornelli escapes from them by boat and this is the event that is depicted on the dust cover of the book. To complicate matters further, a gangster known as 'The Viper' and his accomplice are also on the trail having been double-crossed by 'Cornelli'. Eventually, Biggles and Co. trace both Carlo and his kidnapper. Carlo accidentally falls into the river and Biggles saves him. The gangsters shoot it out and get their just deserts.

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About the Author

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 first edition with slight bruising to top and bottom of spine. In a near fine unclipped dust jacket.

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