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‘‘While still a young man, John Courteney Boot had, as his pub­lisher pro­claimed, ‘achieved an as­sured and en­vi­able po­si­tion in con­tem­po­rary let­ters’. His nov­els sold 15,000 copies in their first year and were read by the peo­ple whose opin­ion John Boot re­spected. Be­tween nov­els he kept his name sweet in in­tel­lec­tual cir­cles with un­prof­itable but mod­ish works on his­tory and travel. His signed first edi­tions some­times changed hands at a shilling or two above their orig­i­nal price. He had pub­lished eight books — be­gin­ning with a life of Rim­baud writ­ten when he was 18, and con­clud­ing, at the mo­ment, with Waste of Time, a stu­diously mod­est de­scrip­tion of some har­row­ing months among the Patag­o­nian In­di­ans — of which most peo­ple who lunched with Lady Metroland could re­mem­ber the names of three or four. He had many charm­ing friends, of whom the most val­ued was the lovely Mrs Al­ger­non Stitch.’’

SCOOP (1938)

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