Passport Land - H. C. Asterley (Hugh Cecil Asterley) (1902-1973)
Hugh Cecil Asterley was born 10 May 1902 in Souldrop, Bedfordshire,
England. He was
a British author and civil servant, who wrote crime and mystery novels,
usually with a south-east Asian setting, as H. C. Asterley.
His first novel, Rowena Goes Too Far was
published in 1931. A bestseller in the UK, it was banned in Australia
due to customs belief that it “lacked sufficient claim to the literary
to excuse the obscenity” (Marita Bullock and Nicole Moore: Banned In
Australia, A Bibliography).
Oct-Dec quarter 1934, he married a _____ Owen in NE Surrey. On 5 April
1951, Mr and Mrs H C Asterley (aged 48 and 49) arrived 1st
class on the M/S Meonia, sailing from Singapore to London. Their
address was 9 Crescent Rd, Kingston Hill, Surrey.
His 1961 novel, Escape to Berkshire, was a change in
style, being a post-nuclear war survival novel about the destruction
of, and escape from, London. Hugh Asterley
died in Wandsworth, London, July-Sep quarter 1973.
You can read more about H C Asterley on Wikipedia
- Rowena Goes Too Far, London, Jarrolds, 1931
- A Tale of Two Murders, London, Jarrolds, 1932 (published
as Mortmain in the USA)
- Land of Short Shadows, 1932/33
- Jungle Leech, 1935
- Escape to Berkshire, 1961, London, Pall Mall Press
His Colony of Singapore passport was issued on 26 January 1951.
He travelled to:
Egypt (Port Said) in 1951
Portugal in 1954
Hong Kong in 1956
South Korea in 1956
Japan in 1956
France in 1958 and 1959
would tend to suggest that he returned permanently to England in 1958.
He is in the London telephone directory, living at 110 Vineyard
Hill Road, Wimbledon, then 15 Alwyne Mansions, Wimbledon;
in 1938-40, 1955, and 1958-1973.