The things I don’t know could – of course – fill a library the size of Venezuela. I picked up a great book in a library sale a few years back (The Originals – Who’s Really Who in Fiction”) and every time I dip into it I discover new wonders. Like the fact that the originals of Biggles and William (as in “Just William”) served with the RAF together in Iceland. And that Ernest Shackleton’s brother Francis was implicated in the disappearance of the Irish crown jewels – I’d never even come across their disappearance!
I got very excited when it appeared that Father Brown was based on the same person who inspired Dorian Gray but, alas, it was the wrong Father Brown.