Edward Roffe Thompson
Edward Roffe Thompson, who wrote as E.T. Raymond or Edward Raymond Thompson, (27 December 1891 – 13 October 1973) was an English author and journalist. He was the editor of John Bull magazine and wrote a number of biographies of British political figures and celebrities. He wrote an early self-help book, The Human Machine: Secrets of Success (1925).
Edward Thompson was born in Settle, Yorkshire, on 27 December 1891, the son of Edward Charles Thompson, a foreman store keeper. He received his higher education at the Victoria University of Manchester.
He married Caroline Alice (C. A.) Lejeune (1897–1973), a film reviewer for The Observer, in Chelsea in 1925 and they settled in Pinner Hill in Middlesex where they built a house on open fields. They had a son, the writer and broadcaster Anthony Lejeune (1928–2018). Edward was usually known as Roffe rather than Edward in private life.
Thompson wrote for and was the editor of John Bull magazine in succession to Horatio Bottomley. He produced a number of biographies of British political figures and celebrities, and an early self-help book, The Human Machine: Secrets of Success (1925).
- Uncensored Celebrities. T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1918.
- All & Sundry. T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1919.
- Mr Balfour: A Biography. Collins, London, 1920.
- Portraits of the Nineties. T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1921.
- Mr. Lloyd George: A Biography. W. Collins, 1922.
- The Man of Promise: Lord Rosebery: A Critical Study. London, c. 1923.
- Disraeli: The Alien Patriot. Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1925.
- The Human Machine: Secrets of Success. Mills & Boon, London, 1925.
- Portraits of the New Century: (The first ten years). Ernest Benn, London, 1928.
- Life's Secrets. The Human Machine. Second Series. Peppercorn Press, London, 1931.
- Edward Roffe Thompson England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007. Family Search. Retrieved 20 April 2018. (subscription required)
- McCracken, Donal P. "Broadcasting to the 'last outpost of the British Empire': Anthony Lejeune, the man behind the SABC's English Service London Letter (1965–1995)" in Ruth Teer-Tomaselli & Donal P. McCracken (Eds.) (2016). Media and the Empire. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 33–47. ISBN 978-1-317-29149-7.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- Caroline A Lejeune England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005. Family Search. Retrieved 20 April 2018. (subscription required)
- "Anthony Lejeune". The Times. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2019. (subscription required)
- Lejeune, C. A. (1971) Thank You for Having Me. London: Tom Stacey; p. 114
- St John, Ian. (2016). The Historiography of Gladstone and Disraeli. London: Anthem Press. p. 310. ISBN 978-1-78308-530-9.
- 1973 Probate Calendar. Retrieved 25 April 2018.