George Bellew’s girlfriend has decided to marry a Duke and he, plagued by the “Haunting Spectre of the “Might Have Been”, decides that a walking tour is just what he needs. Off he goes from London to Kent where he meets first Adam (he falls asleep in Adam’s hay wagon) and then Young George-who takes him home.(The two Georges immediately have a bond-after all, they have both been called Georgy Porgy and accused of kissing the girls!) And there George Bellew meets Ms. Aunty Anthea and decides he’s found Arcadia.
Jeffery Farnol (please note the spelling of Jeffery -- it's surprising how many references get that wrong) was one of the best selling authors of the early part of the 20th Century. His impact continues: He was an admitted influence on such riotous grand adventure writers as George MacDonald Fraser & Jack Vance, as well as romantic Regency writers from Georgette Heyer to Marjorie Farnell. There follows below, as preface to the Farnol bibliography, the biographical sketch that was used on the rear flap in the Sampson Low Standard Edition of his works as issued a year before his death:
Jeffery Farnol was born in Birmingham on February 10th, 1878. When he was ten years old, the Farnol family moved to London; it was during this period that Jeffery Farnol spent a few years at Lee, where he was able to explore Kent, the county which supplied the background for many of his novels. His first novel, The Broad Highway, is subtitled A Story of Kent.
For a time, Jeffery Farnol was sent to work in a firm of engineers and brass-founders in Birmingham. While there, a foreman in the works called young Farnol a liar, and Farnol knocked him down. He was dismissed his post, and returned to his parents in London. He then attended the Westminster Art School, and comparing his work with that of a more gifted pupil, decided than an art career would be unprofitable.