Sunday, 15 April 2018
Yet more Leicas in Fiction
I suppose that setting a novel or Detective yarn in the 1930's makes the Leica easy copy to give authentic background to your story. The first of two such cases is the recently published works of Ian Sansom. His latest work is a series called the County Guides, not a Petrol Company promotion but a series of Crime fiction works in an unusual presentation. Illustrated from Arthur Mees Kings England series they pose as records of the preparation of a series of Guide Books by-
Swanton Morley- The Peoples Professor, a highly sucessful self taught journalist and author on any subject under the sun with hundreds of books to his credit
Stephen Sefton- Emotionally damaged pennyless
Veteran of the Spanish Civil War who is Morley's Secretary and assistant
Miriam Morley-Attractive socialite daughter of Morley who drives Morley's favourite car,a Lagonda.
A number of real life characters pass through the pages, Amy Johnson for example, and Morley's friends in high places will be well known. In each book the Leica plays a part- in Westmorland Alone , quite a large part. A Good Read.