Andrew Boyle: Papers

Scope and Content

Material relating to planned books, articles and broadcasts, not all of which were completed, comprised principally of correspondence, but also including research notes, press cuttings and photocopied material.

1. Published biographies

A. No passing glory: the full and authentic biography of Group Captain Cheshire (1955)

B. Trenchard: man of vision (1962)

C. Montagu Norman: a biography (1967)

D. Only the wind will listen: Reith of the BBC (1972)

E. 'Poor, dear Brendan': the quest for Brendan Bracken (1974)

F. The riddle of Erskine Childers (1977)

G. The climate of treason (1979, revised edition 1980)

2. Uncompleted biographical projects

A. 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara

B. Marie ('Moura') Budberg

C. Sir Arthur Travers Harris

D. Sir Dick Goldsmith White

3. Correspondence with literary agents

A. Pearn, Pollinger & Higham Ltd

B. Curtis Brown Ltd

4. Correspondence with publishers

A. Cassell & Co. Ltd

B. Collins Publishers

C. Constable & Co. Ltd

D. Victor Gollancz Ltd

E. Hutchinson Publishing Group Ltd

F. The Dial Press/James Wade Books

5. Correspondence with North American periodicals

A. The ensign

B. America

C. Columbia

D. The sign

E. The story of our time

6. Miscellaneous correspondence

A. B.B.C. radio feature on Sir Stanley Spencer

B. Memoirs of Dom David Knowles

C. Sir Desmond Morton

D. Malcolm Muggeridge

E. General

Administrative / Biographical History

Andrew Philip More Boyle (1919-1991), broadcaster and author, was born in Dundee on 27 May 1919. After war service in the R.A.F. and in military intelligence, he made a career as a writer and producer with the B.B.C., and was founding editor of the current affairs programme 'The World at One'. He published books, notably biographies of public figures such as Leonard Cheshire, Brendan Bracken and John Reith, and articles on religious subjects, especially in Catholic periodicals. His most famous book was The climate of treason (1979), which led to the public exposure of Anthony Blunt as the 'fourth man' recruited by the Soviet Union. He died in London on 22 April 1991.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs Eleanor Boyle, 1997.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection is available in the Manuscript Reading Room.