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Addison, Hugh

Entry updated 6 March 2019. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym used by UK journalist and author Harry Collinson Owen (1882-1956) for his Future War novel The Battle of London (1923), one of several contemporary works which warned of a communist revolution in the UK from a right-wing standpoint. It was given a slight twist by the inclusion of a seemingly advantageous German attack on London. But the protagonist has learned of the attack in advance, London has been evacuated, and a vigilante rump of British patriots – basing its actions with the author's conspicuous approval on Benito Mussolini's October 1922 March to Rome – counterattacks against a still-inhabited Berlin, and Britain is freed of socialism. [JE]

Harry Collinson Owen

born Burslem, Staffordshire: 5 July 1882

died London: 15 September 1956

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