The Musuem
Floor Plan

The Dennis Wheatley 'Museum' - The Post War Years

Stranger Than Fiction

The first edition, and below, the inscriptions
in General Lord ’Pug’ Ismay’s copy, and in Joan’s,
Dudley Clarke’s and Bobby Eastaugh’s copies

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The invitation to the launch party

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Dennis and Joan

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Photographs from the launch party

The Duchess of Westminster came up to London
especially to present the prizes

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Stories of Deception Planning began to be published in the 1950s, and in 1959 DW was allowed to publish a book describing how he came to write his ‘War Papers’ in 1940-1941. At the back of the book there was also a very short chapter which briefly discussed his activities as a deception planner in the second half of the War.

The book received considerable publicity, and mixed reviews.

To celebrate its launch, and to commemorate 25 years as a bestselling author, DW threw a party at Justerinis for his wartime colleagues, other friends and influential members of the book trade.

The party was held on 29th January 1959, and was a tremendous success.

To see a list of the attendees, click here.


References :  Phil Baker Chapter 43

Provenance :   Private collection