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Dornford Yates (1885 - 1960).Born Cecil William Mercer into a middle class Victorian family, Yates' parents
scraped together enough money to send him to Harrow. The son of a solicitor, he
qualified for the bar but gave up legal work in favour of his great passion for
writing. As a consequence of education and experience, Yates' books feature the
genteel life, a nostalgic glimpse at Edwardian decadence and a number of swindling
In his hey day and as testament to the fine writing in his novels, Dornford Yates'
work was placed in the bestseller list. Indeed, 'Berry' is one of the great comic
creations of twentieth century fiction, and 'Chandos' titles were successfully adapted
for television. Finding the English climate utterly unbearable, Yates chose to live in
the French Pyranees for eighteen years before moving on to Rhodesia where he died in 1960.
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