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Freeman Wills Crofts Information

A small publishers biography of the Golden Age crime and mystery author Freeman Wills Crofts

Freeman Wills Crofts
was born in Dublin in 1879 and educated at Campbell College, Belfast. He was trained in Civil Engineering and began his working life on a railway in Northern Ireland. His knowledge of railway working has been put to good use in his books.

He began to write in 1918 to escape from boredom during a long convalescence ; this story was accepted for publication and marked the beginning of his career as a writer and in 1929 he resigned from railway work to devote his whole time to writing.

He has written over 30 detective stories, mostly featuring Inspector French. Translations of his books have appeared throughout the world, He has also written a boy’s story and a harmony of the Gospels, into which he put twelve years’ work. He has also written over 60 short stories and a number of short plays for the B.B.C,

Mr and Mrs Crofts lived for many years on one of the Surrey heaths near Guildford, but have now moved to Worthing. In 1939 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is fond of travelling, motoring, and carpentry, is a keen organist, and has done a good deal of choir training.

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