Biggles Works It Out by W. E. Johns was first published in 1951 by Hodder and Stoughton. There have 8 editions in total in the English language. The events in the book take place in the late 1940s or early 1950s in England, France, Australia and North Africa.


A gold convoy in Australia is ambushed and half a ton of gold ingots taken. Yet the criminals seemed to have disappeared without trace. Biggles suspects that the criminal gang is using long-range aircraft and sets off to investigate. He soon discovers that he is up against his old adversary Erich von Stalhein, and a mysterious group living in a remote Sahara desert oasis knbown as "The White Prophets of Peace". This book is notable for the introduction of Marcel Brissac, of the Surete and Biggles' French counterpart. He would become a frequent recurring character in later books.


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
  • Biggles
  • Algy Lacey
  • Ginger Hebblethwaite
  • Bertie Lissie
  • Flight Sergeant Smyth

Friends and alliesEdit







  • Gao, French Sudan
  • Alexander Bay
  • Bidon Cinq - brief mention. One of the places mentioned to Marcel as a place where an aircraft could be kept deep in the Algerian desert.
  • Rumania - Canton says Horndorf is working for a bunch of Rumanian bullion-mongers

Research NotesEdit

  • Although Biggles first meets Marcel in this book, he mentions in Chapter XII that he has met Joudrier before. This happened in Biggles Air Detective in the short story The Case of the Unregistered Operator.

References to the pastEdit