E.W. Hornung

Raffles: The Complete Series 1-3
  • Raffles: The Complete Series 1-3

    • E.W. Hornung

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Jeremy Clyde (Read by)

    • Michael Cochrane (Read by)

    18 BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations featuring Raffles, the 'gentleman thief'

    Jeremy Clyde stars as the cricket playing A. J. Raffles, with Michael Cochrane as his jeweller sidekick, Bunny. Together they embark upon a series of well-planned crimes against the highest of society.

    Based on the stories by E W Hornung, the episodes in this collection are:

    The Ides of March
    Gentlemen and Players
    A Costume Piece
    Nine Points of the Law
    Wilful Murder
    The Chest of Silver
    The Rest Cure
    The Criminologists' Club
    The Field of Philippi
    A Bad Night
    A Trap to Catch a Cracksman
    The Gift of the Emperor
    No Sinecure
    To Catch a Thief
    An Old Flame
    The Raffles Relics
    The Knees of the Gods
    The Last Word

E.W. Hornung was an English author and poet, known for writing the A. J. Raffles series of stories about a gentleman thief in late 19th-century London. Hornung was educated at Uppingham School; as a result of poor health he left the school in December 1883 to travel to Sydney, where he stayed for two years. He drew on his Australian experiences as a background when he began writing, initially short stories and later novels. In 1898 he wrote "In the Chains of Crime", which introduced Raffles and his sidekick, Bunny Manders; the characters were based partly on his friends Oscar Wilde and his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, and also on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The series of Raffles short stories were collected for sale in book form in 1899, and two further books of Raffles short stories followed, as well as a poorly received novel. Aside from his Raffles stories, Hornung was a prodigious writer of fiction, publishing numerous books from 1890, with A Bride from the Bush to his 1914 novel The Crime Doctor. Although much of Hornung's work has fallen into obscurity, his Raffles stories continued to be popular, and have formed numerous film and television adaptations. Hornung's stories dealt with a wider range of themes than crime: he examined scientific and medical developments, guilt, class and the unequal role played by women in society. Two threads that run through a sizeable proportion of his books are Australia and cricket; the latter was also a lifelong passion.

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