Educated at Rugby School, Alan then trained to be a surveyor. An interest in magic led to his becoming a successful member of The Magic Circle. He joined the foreign Office as a civil servant around 1909 and continued in service until his death. During the 1920s he produced numerous short stories, mostly supernatural, and became a regular reader for BBC radio. Alan's health began to deteriorate around 1937. Nevertheless, he spent the early war years working for the Government Code and Cipher School at Bletchley Park, and was attached to naval intelligence. His stories have been collected in Good Evening, Everyone! (1928), A. J. Alan's Second Book (1933) and The Best of A. J. Alan (1954 Posthumous).
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My Adventure at Chiselhurst
My Adventure in Norfolk
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