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John Halifax, Gentleman

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John Halifax, Gentleman
AuthorDinah Craik
CountryGreat Britain
PublisherHurst and Blackett
Publication date
Media typePrint

John Halifax, Gentleman is a novel by Dinah Craik, first published in 1856. The novel was adapted for television by the BBC in 1974.

Plot summary

The action is centred in the town of Tewkesbury, scarcely disguised by the fictional name Norton Bury, in Gloucestershire. The story is narrated by Phineas, a friend of the central character. John Halifax is an orphan, determined to make his way in the world through honest hard work. He is taken in by a tanner, Abel Fletcher, who is a Quaker, and thus meets Phineas, who is Abel's son. John eventually achieves success in business and love, and becomes a wealthy man.

A photographic postcard, probably from the early 20th century, depicts Dunkirk Mills, Inchbrook, near Nailsworth and Stroud, Gloucestershire, stating it was the "original Mills of 'John Halifax Gentleman'".

A discussion on a Stroud Fakebook (sic) page suggests that Enderley and the cottage were modelled on an area near Avening.


An illustrated edition was published by J. M. Dent & Co. in 1898, with twelve colour plates by three artists: W.C. (Cubitt) Cooke. L.M. (Laura) Fisher and F.C. (Frederick Colin) Tilney.


The novel has been adapted several times. A 1915 silent film John Halifax, Gentleman was directed by George Pearson. In 1938 a film version John Halifax was made. In 1974 a BBC series John Halifax, Gentleman was made.

In popular culture

The book is mentioned in Agatha Christie's 1935 novel Why Didn't They Ask Evans?.[1]


  1. ^ Chapter 7.

External links

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