LAMBOURNE, John
   Form of his name used on books by UK writer John Battersby Crompton Lamburn (1893-?), brother of Richmal Crompton (1890-1969), authoress of the Just William children's books. JL's The Kingdom that Was (1931) and its sequel The Second Leopard (1932) are mildly allegorical, subduedly humorous works describing how, 50,000 years ago, the apathetic rulers of the animal kingdom were led to abdicate in favour of mankind. JL also wrote The Unmeasured Place (1933), about a female vampire-cum-were-leopard.
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