Biggles Scores a Bull by W. E. Johns was first published in 1965 by Hodder and Stoughton. There have been 3 subsequent editions in the English language. The events in the book took place in the mid 1960s in England.
A number of valuable bulls have been stolen from stock-farms around England. Gaskin asks for Biggles' help as he thinks there may be an aviation connection. There isn't, but Bertie, whose family also once bred cattle, has background knowledge which comes in useful.
Note: The sections below contain spoilers. In particular, the plot subpage (click here) has an extended summary of the narrative in the book
The Special Air PoliceEdit
- Air Commodore Raymond
- Ginger Hebblethwaite
- Bertie Lissie
- Oswald Thellin
- Lord Dubray
- Walter Thellin
- Don José Cordino
- Captain Croft
- Detective Chief Superintendent Roberts
- Air Police helicopter - the type is not specified but the cover depicts a Hiller UH-12 which is plausible.
- Auster J1 Autocrat
- Stowten Place - near Wickham Market, Suffolk
- Framling Towers - Norfolk
- Bramshot Hall - Hertfordshire
- Lockley Manor - near Lydhurst, Somerset
- Redbarns - near Warminster, Wiltshire
- Grand Metropolitan Hotel
- King's Lynn
- The above are all navigation landmarks used by Biggles on the way to Framling Towers. He struck the King's Lynn-Dereham-Norwich railway line at Swaffham. Framling Towers was a little to the off of this point.
- Algy does not appear in this story although it is not stated why. By the next book, we will be told that he had gone to India on a gold smuggling case.
- Johns occasionaly includes pieces of advice, encouragement or inspiration for his younger readers. In this case, he is promoting the scout movement. In chapter 3, a police sergeant tells Biggles a boy has reported seeing a van near the scene of crime.
- Biggles: Why should he notice a van?
- Sergeant: It was travelling fast and nearly ran over the dog. Apart from that he says he thought it was a funny time for a van of that size to be on a narrow country road.
- Biggles: He could be right. Smart lad.
- Sergeant: He tells me he's a scout.
- That could explain it.