The Grosvenor Square Goodbye - Signed & Inscribed - Francis Clifford (pseud. Arthur Thompson) 1974 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Edition A rather interesting association copy, inscribed on the dedication page. The typed dedication reads ‘For my friends in Warwick Lane and Lower John Street, London, and East 49th Street, New York, with many thanks for their help over the years’, there is then a hand written note ‘Thank you, Eric – A, September 1974’, A being Arthur Thompson who wrote under the pseudonym Francis Clifford. He has also signed as Francis Clifford to the title page.

One can only assume that Eric was on of those ’
friends’ who had helped Thompson over the years, as Thompson usually writes his inscriptions to the front of the book, and in this instance has specifically chosen the later dedication page (which is after the title page). Unfortunately we have not had enough time or patience to track down who ‘Eric’ was.
  Arthur Leonard Bell Thompson DSO (1917-75), was a British writer of crime and thriller novels who wrote under the pen name of Francis Clifford. During the war he was commissioned into the Burma Rifles and served with the Special Operations Executive, serving first in India and then in London.

Octavo (book size 22x14.3cm), pp. 224. In publisher’s pale red cloth, spine lettered and blocked in gilt, upper edge tinted red. Dust jacket priced ‘£2.40 net in UK’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.   Ref: 110442   Price: HK$ 2,000