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Old 08-31-2012, 02:31 AM   #1
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J Jefferson Farjeon

I have never seen any of J Jefferson Farjeon's 40 or so novels as ebooks. He died in 1955, and due to the vagaries of Australia copyright law, Farjeon's books are now out of copyright in Australia.

I have only ever seen three titles "in the flesh" -- oh well, in the mouldering pulp paper -- and I still have them.

The three that I have read are all quite good, and very atmospheric, crime novels. One in particular intrigued me because it included an Australian character who actually "sounded" right-- not like a cockney, nor with overdone slag ("crikey, cobber, dinkum?", just someone ordinary, but subtley Aussie.

The only other writer I have read recently to manage this is Hiassen, who in Star Island had a character I picked as probably an expat Aussie before Hiassen said so, purely on a few unobtrusive idioms and style.

But that's by the bye. Back to Farjeon.

He's been out of print for many years, as far as I can tell; and deserves a revival. I'm going to re-read my three, and probably, before they finally rot away, scan them into ebook form. For me this is very tedious, as I use a flatbed scanner, one page at a time, without dismantling the books.

All I have to do now, I suppose, is find the heir and current copyright owner, and get the nod to make them available outside Australia.
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:40 AM   #2
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1955 means he'll be out of copyright in Canada, home of MR, too, doesn't it?

I can't say I've ever heard of him.
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