The Strange Case of Mr Pelham is a tale of the quintessentially polite English bachelor, Mr Pelham, living a
life of natural social distancing, who suddenly seems to develop a more sinister doppelgänger with his own agenda. Opening in Monte Carlo, the story is initially told through the eyes of a young couple exploring a
nearby casino. There, they learn of a mysterious gambler known as Mr Pelham. Intrigued by him and his
glamorous companion, they ask more about the strange man, only to discover that, not that long ago, he
was a very, very different person… Or was he?
Filmed several times for television in both the UK for the BBC, and in the US as an episode of Alfred
Hitchcock Presents, Armstrong’s Pelham eventually hit the big screen in 1970 as the movie The Man Who
Haunted Himself, starring Roger Moore.
“’The Strange Case of Mr Pelham’ is a multi- levelled, genre-bending intelligent narrative, and a very much
overlooked classic, which has again become topical, urgent and relevant for today’s audiences,” says
Publisher, Andrew Mark Sewell. “We’re truly delighted that Armstrong’s grandson has entrusted B7 with
the opportunity to reintroduce Armstrong’s iconic novel to a new readership.”
Reissued for the first time in more than half a century (publication date: 6 December 2021), this classic
period piece is set to bring one of the great 20th century thriller writers to a new generation of admirers.
In addition to print, the novel will also be released as an audiobook read by Barnaby Eaton-Jones, with
plans for a full-cast dramatisation of the novel also in the works.
First part of chapter 15
“It really was sweet of you to talk to me like that,” said Lily suddenly about halfway through the next morning. “What you said was so— comforting and sensible.”
She spoke with such obvious depth of feeling that Pelham was puzzled.
He could not believe that he had said anything much more than would be normal in soothing a young woman in an emotional crisis and made some remark to that effect.
“Oh, I don’t mean that,” she replied. “I mean in the evening—in the
Pelham swore to himself. He had missed the Double again, largely by his own stupidity. Last night in his newly recovered mood of angry determination he had gone hopefully first to Broad’s and then to the
Savernake: if only he had fully taken in from what Lily had said that the Tivoli was a meeting-place for them, he might have caught him out at last. But would he? he thought further. Somehow, his unknown
enemy never was anywhere when Pelham went there too. And if not, and he himself had gone, Lily would naturally have assumed that he had come to join her after all, just as though he were—well, chasing her like some employers did. What impossible positions his enemy was putting him in!
“I do see what you meant about Jack,” Lily was continuing. “I’m having lunch with him today, and I’m really going to have it out, as you advised.”
And here, thought Pelham bitterly, was yet another impossible situation. He had no idea what to say, for he didn’t know what she was talking about—except that it was probably about the ring, and that
things seemed to be going badly between the young couple. “But, Lily,” he ventured, trying to put matters right if he could, “you should remember that buying an expensive ring for the girl one loves may be silly, but at least it shows…”
Published by B7 Media.
Thank you, Joanne Clayton
About the author
Anthony Armstrong was a British author of historical and crime novels, humorous short stories and plays, and radio and film scripts. Anthony Armstrong flourished from 1924 to 1976 and was known for writing in several literary genres, including historical, humorous, crime, and country novels; humorous short stories; drama; non-fiction works; and film and radio scripts.
(George) Anthony Armstrong Willis was born on January 2, 1897, in Esquimalt, British Columbia, son of George Hughlings Armstrong Willis, a naval officer, and Adela Emma Temple (Frere). Although born in Canada he spent the majority of his life in England. He married Francis Monica Sealy in 1926. They had two daughters and one son. He was educated at Uppingham and Trinity College, Cambridge. During the years 1915-1925, he served in the British Royal Air Force. In 1940 he founded the R.A.F. training magazine Tee Emm, and served as its editor until its demise in 1946. After leaving the service in 1925, Willis settled in Haslemere, Surrey, England. He began writing for Punch in 1924 and at that time began using the pseudonym, Anthony Armstrong. From the 1930s through the 1960s he wrote several novels and also many humorous works and plays, some of which were adapted for radio. His articles and short stories were published in such periodicals as New Yorker, County Fair, Strand, Daily Mail, Evening News, and Sunday Chronicle.During his lifetime he was a member of the Savage Club and received the award “Order of the British Empire” in 1944. He died February 10, 1976 in England. An obituary appeared in A. B. Bookman’s Weekly, March 1, 1976