Dornford Yates (Cecil William Mercer, born 1885 at Walmer, Kent, UK - died Umtali, Rhodesia, 1960), attended Harrow School and University College, Oxford. He qualified for the bar but
after service in the middle east during WW I, gave up legal work in favor of working at his writing.
His first book, The Brother of Daphne, was published in 1914 and 25 of his 34 books were written before the end of WW II.
Within Dornford Yates' output were two separate series of books as well as several 'out of series' titles, although some of the
characters appear in both and in others outside the two series. The 'Berry' books tend to be light and humorous and the
'Chandos' books are adventure thrillers.
Please discuss this author's work below.
Originally posted by Hugh Drummond -
As is probly well known, I prefer older mystery writers. Dornford
Yates is perhaps the classic British writer. His books invariably
feature upper-class English heroes. He is perhaps best known (if
known at all these days) for his 'Berry' Series, best describes as
inter-war 'Comedies of Manners', several of which contained
crime stories. His secind best-known series of books must be the
'Chandos' books, which describe the adventures of Richard
Chandos and his friends in Austria and the Balkans. The books
could be compared to Anthony Hope's Ruritanian stories. Yates
also wrote such mysteries as 'Safe Custody' and 'Storm music',
not to mention a number of short stories.