Freeman Wills Crofts

Freeman Wills Crofts


Born
in Dublin, Ireland
June 01, 1879

Died
April 11, 1957

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Born in Dublin of English stock, Freeman Wills Crofts was educated at Methodist and Campbell Colleges in Belfast and at age 17 he became a civil engineering pupil, apprenticed to his uncle, Berkeley D Wise who was the chief engineer of the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway (BNCR).

In 1899 he became a fully fledged railway engineer before becoming a district engineer and then chief assistant engineer for the BNCR.

He married in 1912, Mary Bellas Canning, a bank manager's daughter. His writing career began when he was recovering from a serious illness and his efforts were rewarded when his first novel 'The Cask' was accepted for publication by a London publishing house. Within two decades the book had sold 100,000 copies. Thereafter he con
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The Cask

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Inspector French's Greatest...

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Inspector French and the St...

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The Pit Prop Syndicate

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The Sea Mystery

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“If we were all as wise as we should be, we would have no stories to tell”
Freeman Wills Crofts