FRANK RICHARDS – AFTER THE MAGNET
Tony Hiam has graciously donated some space on his "Greyfriars - Facts Figures & Fun" web-site which I hope to fill with a look at the life and work of Charles Hamilton in the twenty-one years between the end of The Magnet in 1940 and his own end in 1961. During this period – and after thirty-two years of extraordinary output for the Amalgamated Press – Hamilton was cast into the world where he was re-discovered by critics and the press. From being focused solely on the writing of two papers, Hamilton exploded across a number of media ranging from the cheap paperback and story paper markets to putting his most famous characters, Bunter of Greyfriars School and Tom Merry and Co. of St. Jim’s into hardcover; he had plays broadcast on radio, wrote a successful TV show around Bunter, and created a raft of new schools which he hoped would equal Greyfriars in popularity, writing for magazines as distant as Sale in Cheshire and Sydney in Australia.
Frank Richards – as Hamilton always called himself – after The Magnet will hopefully explore the many facets of his life and work, from his public debating with George Orwell to the final Bunter books in the early sixties and beyond.
Please don’t expect daily updates; to cover any distance at all is going to require quite a lot of research. Please do drop me a line if there is some angle you are interested in or you think you can help with.
Steve Holland, Colchester, March 2001