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The Watcher on the Tower

A[lfred Arthur] G[reenwood] Hales

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.

Photo of Hales

A.G. Hales, not smilin

He 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: Maid Molly and Angel Jim.

Cheap edition

Bibliography code: TFU-22.5

Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin

Series: none

Year: 1922

Format: 16mo

Pages: 252

Binding: Red cloth with overlaid initials TFU in black at centre and four small designs of leaves in each corner within lines; title, author and publisher in black on spine; plain rear boards

Size: 180 x 116 mm

Dust jacket: signed Blam, lower margin right

Internal illustrations: none

Price: 2 shillings 6 pence

Printing history: First edition, 1904; 4th Cheap edition, 1922

Printed by: Wyman & Sons Ltd., London, Reading and Fakenham

Image of dust jacket

Dust jacket of 4th impression, 1922, with a section missing (click to enlarge)

Image of dust jacket

Panel of dust jacket from Blampied's album (click to enlarge)