Created by Berkely Gray (pseudonym of Edwy Searles Brooks; also wrote under the names Robert W. Comrade, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison and Carlton Ross; 1889-1965)
NORMAN CONQUEST (aka "1066) was an adventurer, rogue and sometime detective-for-hire, very popular in Britain from the late thirties through the sixties, very much in the mold of, say, The Toff or The Saint. He certainly didn't rack up the frequent flyer points like the globetrotting Simon Templar did, however, remaining for the most part in the U.K., with only occasionally forays onto the continent. He also had a true-blue (and beautiful, of course) girlfriend, Joy "Pixie" Everard, who stood by his side in fifty novels.
Sadly, he seems almost completely forgotten these days.
Born in Hackney, London and educated at Banham Manor School Norfolk, British pulp writer Brooks married Frances Goldstein in 1918, who became his assistant and collaborator through the years. Brooks, and cut his writing teeth in the early British pulps, including penning over seventy Sexton Blake stories before he began creating about his own characters, including a series featuring Chief Inspector Bill ("Ironsides") Cromwell under the pen name of Victor Gunn. Thre last book in the Conquest series, Conquest in Ireland (1969), was completed by Frances.
Conway, who also played The Falcon, actually plays a private eye in this one, a relatively decent British B. And Carry On fans should get a kick out of seeing Sid James in a relatively straight role as a cop.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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