Leonard Wibberley was born in Dublin Ireland, in 1915. He was the sixth child of a schoolteacher and a agricultural scientist. At nine his family moved to London. Seven years later, when his father died, he went to work as a stockroom apprentice for a publisher and later became a reporter.


After various jobs, he came to the United States in 1943 and engaged in newspaper work for ten years. While working for the Los Angeles Times, he published his first work, The King's Beard. Three years later he published his most successful book, The Mouse That Roared, which was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post, and later made into a classic film starring Peter Sellers.

Leonard Wibberley also wrote The Father Bredder Mysteries under the pen name, Leonard Holton and several juvenile fiction books (including his popular Black Tiger books) using the pen names Patrick O'Connor and Christopher Webb.

Wibberley lived in Hermosa Beach from 1949 until his death in 1983. With his wife Hazel, who clean typed his work, they raised six children and wrote over 100 books and 100's of newspaper articles.

To read more about Leonard's life and work, check out this biography which is also filled with Leonard's musings and quotes about everything:

A Mouse That Roared

The Life and Writings of Leonard Wibberley

by Dennis M. Duffy


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