born in Manchester. He failed as a farmer and turned to journalism, writing for J. K. Jerome's To‐Day and other publications. He is remembered for Kai Lung's Golden Hours (1922), a pseudo‐oriental tale, using a Scheherazade framework, and for other Kai Lung stories (The Wallet of Kai Lung, 1900; Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat, 1928). These are written in an ornate, whimsical manner and have no authentic Chinese background. The famous account of the origins of the willow pattern design in ch. 2 of the Golden Hours is a sly satire on trade union practices.