A.P. Herbert Biography
(Humorist, Writer and Politician)
Birthday: September 24, 1890 (Libra)
Born In: Ashtead, Surrey, England
Alan Patrick Herbert was an English humorist, novelist, law reform activist who served as an independent Member of Parliament for Oxford University. He is well-known for his strong lobbying for amending the country’s divorce laws. He even wrote and published a book ‘The Holy Deadlock’ an openly propagandist novel, to criticize the anomalies of the country’s divorce laws. Starting from a young age, he made many contributions to the humorous magazine ‘Punch’ when he was still a student. As an author he wrote many comic operas, musicals, and children’s books, like ‘Riverside Knights’, ‘Bless the Bride’, ‘Big Ben’, etc. all of which were highly successful. He authored more than 50 books in his lifetime. He had a fascination for sundials and sundial technology, which led him to write and publish a book in 1967, ‘Sundials Old and New; or Fun with the Sun’, where he described the different kinds of sundials, and how he designed and built a number of different models of them, including some that could not just tell the local time, but even tell your position on the earth. He was made a Companion of Honor in 1970, one of England’s highest honors, given for outstanding achievement.