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Lifetime: 1867 - 1905 Passed: ≈ 119 years ago


Novelist, Writer



Guy Boothby

Guy Newell Boothby (13 October 1867 – 26 February 1905) was a prolific Australian novelist and writer, noted for sensational fiction in variety magazines around the end of the nineteenth century. He lived mainly in England. He is best known for such works as the Dr Nikola series, about an occultist criminal mastermind who is a Victorian forerunner to Fu Manchu, and Pharos, the Egyptian, a tale of Gothic Egypt, mummies' curses and supernatural revenge. Rudyard Kipling was his friend and mentor, and his books were remembered with affection by George Orwell.

Principles and Philosophy

Boothby was a staunch believer in the importance of adventure and excitement in life. He believed that everyone should strive to live a life that was both full and meaningful. He was also a strong advocate for the power of the imagination, and he encouraged his readers to use their imaginations to create their own worlds of adventure.

Boothby's philosophy was reflected in his writing. His books are full of action, adventure, and excitement. He also had a knack for creating memorable characters and settings. His stories often explore themes of good versus evil, the power of love, and the importance of courage and determination.

Notable Works

Boothby wrote over 50 novels and short story collections during his lifetime. Some of his most notable works include:

  • Dr Nikola (1899)
  • A Bid for Fortune (1900)
  • Pharos, the Egyptian (1901)
  • The Beautiful White Devil (1902)
  • A Crime of the Under-seas (1903)
  • The Red Rat's Daughter (1904)
  • My Strangest Case (1905)


Guy Boothby died in 1905 at the age of 37. He left behind a legacy of exciting and imaginative fiction that has entertained readers for over a century. His books have been translated into many languages and have been adapted for film and television.

Boothby is remembered as one of the most popular and successful writers of his era. He was a master of the adventure genre, and his books continue to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Interesting Facts About Guy Boothby

  • Boothby was born in Adelaide, Australia, but he moved to England at a young age.
  • He began his writing career as a journalist, but he soon turned to fiction.
  • Boothby's books were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • He was a friend and mentor to many other writers, including Rudyard Kipling and H.G. Wells.
  • Boothby died of tuberculosis in 1905 at the age of 37.


Guy Boothby was a talented and prolific writer who left behind a legacy of exciting and imaginative fiction. His books continue to be enjoyed by readers of all ages, and he is remembered as one of the most popular and successful writers of his era.

Books by Guy Boothby

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'Farewell, Nikola'

Adventure Fiction
Battle Death Action Revenge Terrorism Determination Criminals

Dr. Nikola, the world's most dangerous criminal mastermind, is dead. Or is he? In the thrilling conclusion to Guy Boothby's Dr. Nikola series, the infamous criminal mastermind is finally brought to justice. But even in death, Nikola remains a threat...

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The Lust of Hate

Adventure Fiction
Love Beauty Action Revenge Deception Darkness Existence

Amidst the shadows of Victorian London, Gilbert Pennethorne, a man consumed by bitterness and a thirst for revenge, finds himself entangled in the sinister machinations of the enigmatic Dr. Nikola. Driven by a burning desire to exact retribution agai...

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Doctor Nikola Returns

Crime Fiction
Power Mystery Death Nature Beliefs Ambition Threat Danger Human Condition

Years after his initial encounter with Dr. Nikola, Wilfred Bruce, a man of science and reason, finds himself drawn back into the enigmatic doctor's world of mystery and intrigue. As Bruce delves deeper into Nikola's latest obsession, he uncovers a pl...

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Cabinet Secret

Witty spy adventure set during the Boer Wars of the late 19th Century. - Summary by BellonaTimes

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Bid For Fortune; Or, Dr Nikola's Vendetta

Guy Newell Boothby (1867 – 1905) was a prolific Australian writer. He moved to London in 1894 and became most well-known for his Dr.Nikola mysteries. This book is the first in a series of five and introduces the good doctor himself. Dr Nikola Is a cr...

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Dr. Nikola’s Experiment

Guy Boothby's fourth novel of five about the svelte mysterious anti-hero Dr Nikola sees him progress further on his search for immortality. Here we find him deep in the wilds of Northumbria conducting an experiment of longevity and restoration of you...

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Prince of Swindlers

The year 18-- was a momentous one in Great Britain. Not only did the nation receive most of the world's royalty for months on end, but the well-to-do gentleman, Simon Carne spent much of the social season in London. On friendly terms with royalty,...