The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

November 9, 2016

November 9, 1914

Alan Caillou was the pseudonym under which Alan Lyle-Smythe (November 9, 1914 to October 1, 2006),wrote. His books often rely on his experiences as a hunter. His World War ll experiences in military intelligence were the basis for a non-fiction book. The world Is Six Foot Square (1954,) is an "account of the author's adventures after his capture by the Italians in the Western desert."

Lyle-Smith also was an actor and screen-writer. Two of his popular titles:

Bichu the Jaguar (1969) and The Cheetahs: a novel (1969), on which Disney based a movie in 1989. He wrote lots more adventure stories. 

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