Gerard Fairlie

Francis Gerard Luis Fairlie (1 November 1899 31 March 1983) was a Scottish author and scriptwriter on whom Sapper (H. C. McNeile) supposedly based the character of Bulldog Drummond. After Sapper's death, Fairlie continued the Bulldog Drummond book series.

Fairlie was born in Kensington, London, educated at Downside School, Somerset and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and subsequently served in the Scots Guards. He was both an Army boxing champion and a member of the British bobsleigh team, in France, in 1924. His team finished fifth in the Olympic bobsleigh competition.

He married Joan Roskell in 1923 and became a journalist and screenwriter. In addition to the Drummond series Fairlie wrote series books about Victor Caryll, Johnny Macall and Mr Malcolm. He died in East Lavington.


Non-series novels

  • The Man Who Laughed (1928)
  • Scissors Cut Paper (1928)
  • The Exquisite Lady (1929) - a.k.a. Yellow Munro
  • Stone Blunts Scissors (1929)
  • The Reaper (1929)
  • The Muster of the Vultures (1930)
  • Suspect (1930)
  • The Man with Talent (1931)
  • Unfair Lady (1931)
  • Birds of Prey (1932)
  • The Rope Which Hangs (1932)
  • The Treasure Nets (1933)
  • Copper at Sea (1934)
  • That Man Returns (1934)
  • The Pianist Shoots First (1938)
  • They Found Each Other (1946)
  • The Reluctant Cop: The Story and Cases of Detective Superintendent Albert Webb (late of Scotland Yard) (1958)

The Mr. Malcolm Series

  • Shot in the Dark (1932)
  • Men for Counters (1933)
  • Mr. Malcolm Presents (1934)

The Bulldog Drummond Series

  • Bulldog Drummond on Dartmoor (1938)
  • Bulldog Drummond Attacks (1939)
  • Captain Bulldog Drummond (1945)
  • Bulldog Drummond Stands Fast (1947)
  • Hands Off Bulldog Drummond! (1949)
  • Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951)
  • The Return of the Black Gang (1954)

The Johnny Macall Series

  • Winner Take All (1953)
  • No Sleep for Macall (1955)
  • Deadline for Macall (1956)
  • Double The Bluff (1959)
  • Macall Gets Curious (1959)
  • Please Kill My Cousin (1961)

Non fiction

  • With Prejudice: Almost an Autobiography (1952)
  • Flight Without Wings: The Biography of Hannes Schneider (1957)
  • The Fred Emney story (1960)
  • The Life of a Genius: Sir George Cayley, Pioneer of Modern Aviation (1965) (with Elizabeth Cayley)

Selected filmography

  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Gerard Fairlie". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011.
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography on Gerard Fairlie, Bookrags
  • Bibliography, Fantastic Fiction
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