Fiction with Cayleys

Cover of Miss Cayley’s Adventures by Grant Allen

Yes, characters with the Cayley surname exist in fiction! We get everywhere. If you can add to this list, please send me a message via the contact page.

  • Grant Allen, Miss Cayley’s Adventures, 1899 – a late Victorian romp in which, among other things, the intrepid Miss Cayley defeats Prussians in a mountain-cycling race
  • Sydney Arthur, A Man’s Worth, publication date unknown – described as a “bizarre college romance” in Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning, and the First World War – Book by Jonathan F. Vance; University of British Columbia Press, 1997
  • Elizabeth Chater, Miss Cayley’s Unicorn, Fawcett Crest 1988 – a Regency romance with a plot unlikely in the extreme
  • G D H Cole and Margaret Cole, Poison in the Garden Suburb, Collins 1929 –  a crime novel in which the murder victim is a hypochondriac Mr Cayley. The suspects are all men in love with the murder victim’s beautiful young wife. It received lukewarm reviews.
  • Stanley Middleton, Blind Understanding, Hutchinson 1992
  • Garrett Mill, The Colonel Sahib, 1902 – about a special service officer Colonel Cayley in an Indian Service state in a time of famine when rebellion is threatened. The Colonel takes steps to undermine the rebellion before it erupts.
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    Cover of The Red House Mystery by A A Milne

    A A Milne, The Red House Mystery, 1922 – the only crime novel by the author of the Wiinie-the-Pooh books, in which a Cayley is a villain

  • May Sinclair, The Helpmate, 1907 – in which newly-wed Anne Majendie finds out that her husband has had an affair with Lady Sarah Cayley: Anne’s first words in the novel are “Who is Lady Cayley?”

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