Sir Walter Elliott, in Jane Austen’s Persuasion, likes nothing better than to look himself up in the Baronetage and trace his family line. Those of us who have unusual surnames but somehow missed out on being part of the landed gentry, now have a modern equivalent of Sir Walter’s pastime.
Amazon is putting the entire text of a substantial portion of its books into its search engine, which means that you can find books based not just on what’s on the cover, but on what’s inside.
And so it was that this morning I did a search for ‘Stafford-Fraser’ and discovered that, amongst other places, there is a brief reference to me in Frederick S. Lane’s book Obscene Profits: Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age
Somehow, I don’t think Sir Walter would be impressed.