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Hunter, Norman

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1899-1995) UK professional conjuror and author for children and Young Adult readers first active before World War Two, his publishing career having begun with Simplified Conjuring for All (1923); during a sojourn in South Africa, from 1949 to 1970, he wrote nothing. He began publishing work of genre interest with a humorous fairy tale, "The Bad Barons of Crashbania" (in Number Nine Joy Street, anth 1931, ed Michael Lynn), and began his classic Children's SF series about the slightly screwloose Professor Branestawm and his sometimes unworkable Inventions as an early 1930s BBC Radio series; this early material also inspired a Thames Television series, The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (1969). The book sequence began with The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (coll 1933), which was illustrated by W Heath Robinson, whose cartoons of screwloose but logical inventions (and inventors) had been appearing for at least two decades; the series continued with Professor Branestawm's Treasure Hunt (coll 1937), Stories of Professor Branestawm (coll 1939), The Peculiar Triumph of Professor Branestawm (coll 1970), Professor Branestawm up the Pole (coll 1972), Professor Branestawm's Great Revolution (coll 1974), Professor Branestawm 'round the Bend (coll 1977) and Professor Branestawm's Perilous Pudding (coll 1979), The Best of Branestawm (coll 1980); plus a late series of booklets: Professor Branestawm and the Wild Letters (1981 chap), Professor Branestawm's Pocket Motor Car (1982 chap), Professor Branestawm's Mouse War (1982 chap), Professor Branestawm's Crunchy Crockery (1983 chap) and Professor Branestawm's Hair-Raising Idea (1983 chap). Hunter also wrote a number of tales for younger children, many of them revolving around the King and Queen of Incrediblania. [JC]

Norman George Lorimer Hunter

born London: 23 November 1899

died Staines, Surrey: 23 February 1995



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