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Sydney Horler

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Full Name: Sydney Horler
Born: July 18, 1888
Leytonstone, Leyton, Essex, England, UK
Died: October 27, 1954
Bournemouth, Dorset, England, UK
Occupation: Novelist
Nationality: British


Sydney Horler was a prolific British novelist specialising in thrillers. Born in Leytonstone, Essex, and was educated at Redcliffe School and Colston School in Bristol.

His first job was with Western Daily Press and Allied Newspapers in Bristol started in 1905. This lasted until 1911 when he left to become a special writer on the staff of Edward Hulton and Co. in Manchester. He moved to London to work on the Daily Mail and Daily Citizen in Fleet Street, although he also worked in the propaganda section of Air Intelligence towards the end of the First World War. When it ended he joined the editorial staff of George Newnes as a sub editor of the John O'London's Weekly. He didn't see eye to eye with the editor and after a big row in 1919 his employment was terminated.

He decided to become a full-time writer. He became a popular author with the publication, in 1925, of his first crime novel, The Mystery of No.1, and with novels such as Checkmate (1930). Horler's work was influenced by other popular thriller writers such as Edgar Wallace and "Sapper". His main hero was "Tiger" Standish, a character similar to Sapper's Bulldog Drummond. Horler's work began to be commercially successful after being serialised in the News of the World. By the 1930s, Horler's books had sold an estimated two million copies.

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