George Bellairs

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George Bellairs
OccupationBank manager, author, detective fiction writer
Known forThe Inspector Littlejohn series.
Spouse(s)Gladys Mabel Roberts

George Bellairs was the nom de plume of Harold Blundell (1902-1982), a crime writer and bank manager[1] born in Heywood, near Rochdale, Lancashire, who settled in the Isle of Man on retirement. He wrote more than 50 books, most featuring the detective Inspector Littlejohn. He also wrote four novels under the alternative pseudonym Hilary Landon. His first novel Littlejohn on Leave was published in 1941.[2] He also contributed articles to the Manchester Guardian and to Manx publications such as Manx Life and received a short review in the print edition of The Spectator in 1958 for his book Corpse at the Carnival.[3]

Harold Blundell's personal papers are held by the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester, England.[4]


  1. ^ Mark Lawson (28 May 2015). "The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards review – an excellent work of detection". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  2. ^ "George Bellairs biography". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  3. ^ "It's a Crime". The Spectator Archive. The Spectator.
  4. ^ "Papers of Harold Blundell (George Bellairs)". Jisc. Retrieved 26 February 2018.

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