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Harold Blundell (George Bellairs) Collection

250 items.

Harold Blundell was a prominent Manchester banker and philanthropist, who retired to the Isle of Man in the 1960s.

Between 1941 and 1980, under the pseudonym of George Bellairs, he wrote a popular series of over fifty detective stories featuring the Hempstead-based detective Thomas Littlejohn. He also wrote four novels under the pseudonym of Hilary Landon.

Blundell was granted an honorary masters degree by the University of Manchester in 1959, in recognition of his charitable work as well as his literary achievements.

The collection includes:

  • a complete collection of first editions, many of them autographed and annotated, and translations of the novels into French, German and Spanish (149 volumes)
  • drafts of a number of the titles, in both manuscript and typed formats
  • research notes for books and lectures
  • press cuttings
  • a substantial amount of correspondence with his publisher, John Gifford Ltd, and his literary agent, Christina Foyle, amongst others.

Finding aids

  • Catalogue of the archive available online via ELGAR.
  • Printed books recorded in .
  • See John P. Tuck, 'Some Sources for the History of Popular Culture in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 71, no. 2 (1989), pp. 162-4.


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library