Loser's Guide to Life
From the publisher's ads at the back of a book printed in 1922:
Look up the books by Charles Garvice, in the new Eagle Series. There are many of them, but not a dull one in the lot.
So, if you want a splendid love story with a dash of adventure interwoven, investigate the works of Charles Garvice, the king of love-story writers.
Novels by unknown authors are virtually foisted upon the public by certain book publishers. If the books succeed, the public pays; if not, the publisher does and tries all over again.
Ah, those were the days. Garvice was indeed the king, with such titles as Life's Mistake, Her Heart's Desire, and Coronet of Shame to his credit.
A few of his works were made into movies in Britain. I can't help thinking that there might be a lot of material there for budding directors who are tired of all the twaddle I keep seeing. Time to check out the stock of older twaddle.