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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: James Torrington Newall

Author: James Torrington Newall (1827–1911)

Alternate Name(s): A Centurion (pseudonym)

Biography: James Torrington Newall was born on 9 July 1827 in London, the son of David Rae Newall, a captain in the East India maritime service. He attended Rugby before joining the 2nd Grenadier Native Infantry as an officer. He served in the Persian Campaign (1850–1851) and the Indian Rebellion before a riding accident permanently injured his back in 1861. Despite his condition, he remained an avid sportsman, author, and water colorist. He married but had no children. Among his works, he wrote three novels beginning with John Neville (1865) under the pseudonym "A Centurion." He died on 13 March 1911 at his home Upexe House in Devon.

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References: Allibone; Exeter and Plymouth Gazette (17 March 1911); Rugby Register

Fiction Titles:

  1. John Neville, Soldier, Sportsman, and Gentleman: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Tinsley Brothers, 1865.
  2. The Gage of Honour: A Tale of the Great Mutiny.  3 vol.  London: Tinsley Brothers, 1869.
  3. Bide Time and Tide.  3 vol.  London: Tinsley Brothers, 1872.