Sunday, December 30, 2007

Allen Andrews

As far as I'm aware, Allen Andrews was only credited with a single contribution to Look and Learn, a brief piece on Herman Melville's Moby Dick in issue 9, 17 March 1962.

He was born in Greenwich, London, on 15 April 1913 and educated at St. John's College, Oxford. After serving as a sergeant with the RAF during World War II, Andrews became a feature writer with the Sunday Pictorial in 1946, subsequently working for Public Opinion, Illustrated, the Daily Herald and other newspapers and magazines before turning freelance in 1957. His first book, Proud Fortress, was published the following year. In the 1960s he penned three books which were turned into movies: The Mad Motorists: The Great Peking-Paris Race of 1907 (1964), Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) and Monte Carlo or Bust: Those Daring Young Men in Their Flying Jalopies (1969). Other books included Kings and Queens of England and Scotland, (1976), The Whisky Barons (1977) and a number of biographies and company histories. Andrews died in London, in September 1985.

(* Illustration © Look and Learn Magazine Ltd.)

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