- 13 October 1867
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- 26 February 1905
Boothby was born in Adelaide, but went to England with his mother for his early education. Returning to Adelaide at sixteen, he later became private secretary to the Mayor and began to write for the theatre. After the failure of one his plays, The Jonquille, Boothby travelled with a friend through parts of Asia and tropical Australia, writing about his experiences in On the Wallaby (1894). He returned to England the same year and became a prolific and much-admired popular novelist, producing well over forty novels in just ten years. His Dr Nikola novels were international bestsellers, offering a sensational blend of thriller and orientalist fantasy.