Alfred Greenwood Hales (1860-1936), known as 'Smiler' Hales, was an Australian novelist and war correspondent. This is part of an article about Hales in an Australian newspaper, just after he died:
Mr Hales lived dangerously. He was in every important
rush which took place in the last decade of the nineteenth century - Broken Hill, Coolgardie, Kimberley, North Queensland and some others. He followed the wars, fighting or acting as war correspondent in South Africa, the Russo-Japanese War, wars in the Balkans, and the Great War. He was daring and carefree, a fine horseman, a strong and ready boxer, and participant in all sports requiring athleticism. Hales was a vigorous and imaginative writer, whose pen was often as good humoured and reckless as he himself. His novels, which commanded wide reading, were virile but not as much as his contributions to the daily papers. His letters from South Africa to the Daily Mail during the Boer War caused a sensation. They were read with avidity everywhere. Hales found dramatic, tragic, sentimental and picturesque material where to others there was hardly more than a blank.
A.G. Hales, not smiling
Hales wrote two novels featuring a man named M'Glusky, an Australian of Scottish descent: M'Glusky and M'Glusky the Reformer both of which had a dust jacket designed by Blampied. Blampied also designed dust jackets for two other novels by Hales: The Watcher on the Tower and Maid Molly.
Bibliography code: TFU-22.10
Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin
Format: not seen
Binding: Red cloth with letters T F U in black in centre, black line to rim and small decorations of leaves in the corner. Title, author and publisher in black on spine.
Size: not seen
Dust jacket: signed Blam, lower centre, above black bar
Internal illustrations: none
Price: not known
Printing history: First published 1903
Printed by: not known
Notes: This book is known only from a page from Blampied's album of dust jackets that he signed and gave to a friend in Jersey. The dust jacket has not been seen on a book. It is probably uniform with the other titles by Hales. If you have one, please contact me.
Panel of dust jacket (click to enlarge)