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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: James Skipp Borlase

Author: James Skipp Borlase (1839–1909)

Alternate Name(s): J. J. G. Bradley (pseudonym)

Biography: James Skipp Borlase was born in 1839 in Truro, the son of attorney James John Grenfell Borlase and his wife Frances. He was called to the bar in 1862. At the same time, he was already beginning to contribute stories and poems to the press, including the Family Herald and the London Journal. In September 1863, he married Rosanna Flamank and the following year the couple moved to Australia. While there, Borlase continued to work as a solicitor and writer, eventually becoming a staff writer for the Australian Journal. He briefly abandoned his wife and moved to Tasmania, but was compelled to return to her in Melbourne. In 1869, he returns to England and continued to write, now mostly for the penny press. Late in life, he remarried and had a daughter (it is unknown the fate of his first wife). He died 1 November 1891 in Brighton.

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References: John Adcock, Yesterday's Papers; Brighton Gazette (6 November 1909)

Fiction Titles:

  1. The Night Fossickers, and Other Australian Tales of Peril and Adventure.  1 vol.  London: Frederick Warne, 1867.
  2. Daring Deeds and Tales of Peril and Adventure.  1 vol.  London: Frederick Warne, 1869.
  3. The Brides of Venice.  1 vol.  London: James Henderson, 1873.
  4. The King of the Conjurors.  1 vol.  London: James Blackwood, 1877.
  5. Ned Kelly, the Ironclad Australian Bushranger.  1 vol.  London: Alfred J. Isaacs and Sons, 1881.
  6. For True Love's Sake: A Tale of Paris.  1 vol.  London: Frederick Warne, 1890.