His reviews consider the lives of celebrated criminals, the dabblers in the supernatural and other eccentrics, as well as detailed observations of more than thirty literary figures from the late nineteenth century onwards. There are diverting comments on American and Irish writers and some revealing information on the state of Victorian medicine in the Royal Household.
At a time when the English Language is written in either the monsyllabic vernacular or in management-speak abstractions, Richard Whittington-Egan provides a fine example of how imagery and vocabulary can flow from an imaginative pen.
Richard Whittington-Egan was born in Liverpool in 1924, and he originally read medicine and was also to qualify for the Bar. During the Second World War he served in the army in France. Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Italy.
He has contributed articles and book reviews to many of Britain's leading newspapers and periodicals and spent 30 years on Fleet Street as a journalist with Associated Newspapers. A frequent radio broadcaster, he ran his own programme for Radio Merseyside, and made many television appearances.
A member of the Medico-Legal Society, and the Crimes Club, he is an acknowledged authority on Jack the Ripper, and has collaborated with his wife, Molly, in The Bedside Book of Murder.