Andrew Lycett

Andrew Lycett, FRSL is an English biographer and journalist.

Lycett was educated at Charterhouse School and studied history at Christ Church, Oxford. He then worked for a while for The Times as a correspondent in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He has written several well-received biographies and he is best known for his biography of Ian Fleming, Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009[1] and he is a Fellow in 2014.[2]

He currently lives and writes in London.


  • Qaddafi and the Libyan Revolution, David Blundy and Lycett (Weidenfeld and Nicolson [W&N], 1987)
  • Ian Fleming (W&N, 1995); US title, Ian Fleming: The man behind James Bond (Turner Publishing, 1995)
  • From Diamond Sculls to Golden Handcuffs: A history of Rowe & Pitman (London: Robert Hale, 1999) – stockbrokers established by George D. Rowe and Frederick I. Pitman
  • Rudyard Kipling (W&N, 1999)
  • Dylan Thomas: A new life (W&N, 2003)
  • Conan Doyle: The man who created Sherlock Holmes (W&N, 2007); US title, The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Free Press, 2007)
  • Wilkie Collins: A life of sensation (Hutchinson & Co., 2013)
  • Barrack-Room Ballads, Rudyard Kipling (2001?) – an edition of Barrack-Room Ballads and other verses (1892) annotated by Lycett
  • Kipling Abroad: Traffics and discoveries from Burma to Brazil, Rudyard Kipling, edited by Lycett (I.B. Tauris, 2010)[3]


  1. ^ "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature (RSL). Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. Out of date.
  2. ^ "Current RSL Fellows" Archived October 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. RSL. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Kipling abroad: traffics and discoveries from Burma to Brazil". Library of Congress Catalog Record (LCC). Retrieved 9 April 2014. With linked Contributor biographical information and Publisher description.

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Adrian Conan Doyle

Adrian Malcolm Conan Doyle (19 November 1910 – 3 June 1970) was the youngest son of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his second wife Jean, Lady Doyle or Lady Conan Doyle. He had two siblings, sister Jean and brother Denis, as well as two half-siblings, sister Mary and brother Kingsley.

Adrian Conan Doyle has been depicted as a race-car driver, big-game hunter, explorer, and writer. Biographer Andrew Lycett calls him a "spendthrift playboy" who (with his brother Denis) "used the Conan Doyle estate as a milch-cow".He married Danish-born Anna Andersen, and was his father's literary executor after his mother died in 1940. He founded the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Foundation in Switzerland in 1965. On his death, his sister Jean Conan Doyle took over as their father's literary executor.

Ann Fleming

Ann Geraldine Mary Fleming (née Charteris; 19 June 1913 – 12 July 1981), known by previous marriages as Ann, Lady O'Neill and the Viscountess Rothermere, was a British socialite. She married Lord O'Neill, Lord Rothermere and the writer Ian Fleming, with whom she had a son, Caspar (1952–1975). She also had affairs with the Labour Party politicians Roy Jenkins and Hugh Gaitskell.

Arthur Conan Doyle bibliography

Arthur Conan Doyle KStJ, DL (1859–1930) was a Scottish writer and physician. In addition to the series of stories chronicling the activities of Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr John Watson for which he is well-known, Doyle wrote on a wide range of topics, both fictional and non-fictional. In 1876 Doyle entered the University of Edinburgh Medical School, where he became a pupil of Joseph Bell, whose deductive processes impressed his pupil so much that the teacher became the chief model for Holmes. Doyle began writing while still a student, and in October 1879 he had his first work—"The Mystery of the Sasassa Valley"—published in Chambers's Journal. He continued writing short works—both fictional and non-fictional—throughout his career, and had over 200 stories and articles published.In July 1891 Doyle published the short story "A Scandal in Bohemia" in The Strand Magazine—a "story which would change his life", according to his biographer, Andrew Lycett, as it introduced Holmes and Watson to a wide audience; the duo had provided the subject of Doyle's first novel, A Study in Scarlet, which was published in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887. The story in The Strand was one in a series of six, published in successive months. They were well received by the public, and the editors of the magazine commissioned a further six stories, and then another series of twelve. Doyle, fearful of having his other work overshadowed by his fictional detective, killed his creation off in December 1893 in "The Adventure of the Final Problem". He also wrote four full-length Holmes works, as well as adventure novels and nine historical works of fiction. In 1912 he began the adventure series featuring Professor Challenger, who first appeared in The Lost World—both in short stories and novel form.Doyle also wrote four volumes of poetry and a series of stage works—his first was Jane Annie, an unsuccessful attempt at a libretto to an operetta, which he wrote with J.M. Barrie. Doyle was an enthusiastic supporter of the Boer War, and wrote two histories of the events. During the First World War he also wrote extensively on that conflict, both short articles and a six-volume history. Owing to the close successive deaths of his son and brother, Doyle turned to spiritualism and wrote extensively on the subject; his biographer Owen Dudley Edwards writes that at the time of Doyle's death in July 1930, while the writer "most wanted to be remembered as a champion of spiritualism and as a historical novelist, it is Sherlock Holmes who has continued to capture the imagination of the public."

Arthur Ford (psychic)

Arthur Ford (January 8, 1896 – January 4, 1971) was an American psychic, spiritualist medium, clairaudient, and founder of the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship (1955). He gained national attention when he claimed to have contacted the dead son of Bishop James Pike in 1967 on network TV. In 1928 Ford claimed to have contacted the deceased spirits of Houdini's mother and later in 1929 Harry Houdini himself.

George Cecil Ives

George Cecil Ives (1 October 1867 in Germany – 4 June 1950) was an English poet, writer, penal reformer and early homosexual law reform campaigner.

Goat Island (Trinidad and Tobago)

Goat Island is an island in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It is located off the coast of Speyside, between Tobago and Little Tobago.

Some sources say Goat Island is the former home and retreat of Ian Fleming, the author and creator of the James Bond series. An article which appeared in Canada's National Post disputed these claims. Fleming biographer Andrew Lycett stated, "Fleming did not have a house --let alone own an island--in Tobago." Zoe Watkins of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd., which Fleming's nieces run, said, "As far as we are aware, there is no link between Ian Fleming and Goat Island. The James Bond novels were all written at Fleming's house, Goldeneye, in Jamaica." The same article reports that Fleming conceived of Crab Key, the island lair of the mad scientist Dr. Julius No, during a 1956 trip to a flamingo sanctuary in Inagua.At least four species of lizards have been recorded on the island; namely Green iguanas, Grenada tree anoles, Rainbow whiptails and Turnip-tailed geckos.


Lycett is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Andrew Lycett, English biographer and journalist

Candida Lycett Green (born 1942), the author of sixteen books

Eustace Lycett (1914–2006), British visual effects artist

Gwendolyn Lycett, British figure skater

Joe Lycett, English Comedian

Joseph Lycett (1774–1825), portrait and miniature painter, active in Australia

Randolph Lycett (1886–1935), men's doubles tennis player

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