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Lambourne, John

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Working name of UK author John Battersby Crompton Lamburn (1893-1972), brother of the author of the Just William children's books, Richmal Crompton (1890-1969). Lambourne's Professor Ellis Lost Race tales – The Kingdom that Was (1931) and its sequel The Second Leopard (1932) – en passant describe in mildly allegorical, subduedly humorous terms how 50,000 years ago (see Origin of Man) the apathetic rulers of the animal kingdom were led to abdicate in favour of mankind. Lambourne also wrote The Unmeasured Place (1933), about a female Vampire-cum-were-leopard (see Werewolves). [JE]

John Battersby Crompton Lamburn

born Bury, Lancashire: 3 April 1893

died Uckfield, Sussex: 1 November 1972



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