John Steed — An Authorized Biography: Volume One — Jealous In Honour

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Cover image: John Steed - An Authorized Biography - Volume One - Jealous In Honour, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1977Author Tim Heald

Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication Date 1977
Original Price UNKNOWN
ISBN 0297774344

John Steed — An Authorized Biography details Steed's life up to meeting Cathy Gale.

Inner Cover Blurb

Ever since an amazed British public was first introduced to John Steed by Independent Television in the early sixties, he has been at once one of the best known but most enigmatic figures in public life. Now for the first time the secrets of his early years are revealed: the dreadful massacre of his parents on the North West Frontier of India while he was little more than a baby; the appalling severities of his preparatory school education; expulsion from Eton; running away to war; secret service in Occupied France; doomed marriage to a beautiful childhood sweetheart; revenge.

From this gripping account of Steed's life until his first meeting with Cathy Gale (while he was still a member of a leading monastic order), our hero emerges as an Englishman's Englishman. He is utterly honourable, extraordinarily gallant, a crack shot, an uncompromisingly straight bat, and a devotee of roast beef, real ale and the verse of Sir Henry Newbolt. His story is one of epic bravery and endeavour spiced with tragedy and even disaster. Throughout it no lip could be stiffer, no jaw firmer, no gaze as unflinching. He is the last of the Bulldog breed.


  • Depite being titled "Volume One", Jealous in Honour was the only book in the series to be released and, unless proof is ever uncovered of the mythical hardback Avengers editions from Hodder and Stoughton, is the only original Avengers novel to be issued in hardback. The lack of a paperback edition means that Jealous in Honour is generally the most difficult of the Avengers novels to track down, and its online price tends to reflect its scarcity.
  • Tim Heald's only other telefantasy claim-to-fame was in writing the non-fiction book The Making of Space: 1999 for Ballantine Books in 1976.

Inner cover blurb supplied by Stephen Barker

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