At the Circulating Library Author Information: Byron Webber
Author: Byron Webber (1838–1913)
Biography: Byron Webber was born 1838 in Stockton-on-Tees. He went into journalism working for numerous periodicals, such as the Newcastle Chronicle, the Jersey Independent, the Sporting Gazette, Bell's Life, and the Sporting Life. He later founded and edited the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News. Webber specialized, as can be readily inferred, in sport reporting. His three works of fiction reflect this interest: Pigskin and Willow (1879), In Luck's Way (1881), and Tartan and Gold: Tales of Sport and Play (1889). In addition, he penned the famous patriotic song "Hands Across the Sea." Webber, as a London literary man, had a wide circle of friends, including Edmund Downey, Julian Hawthorne, George Moore, and William Tinsley. He met his wife while working in Jersey; they had two children. Webber spent the last ten years of his life in Jersey where he died in 1913.
References: British Census (1881); Times (3 April 1913)