Author Biographies

John Buchan (1875–1940) was a Scottish novelist, historian and politician. Born in Perth and raised in Kirkcaldy, he spent many summer holidays with his grandparents in the Scottish Borders, where he developed a love of the local scenery and wildlife which featured throughout his writing. He won a scholarship to Glasgow University and continued his studies at Oxford. Buchan simultaneously began his writing and political careers, combining public service with writing superb action novels. He was elected to Parliament in 1927 and in 1935 was appointed Governor General of Canada by King George V. Buchan's 100 works include almost 30 novels, seven collections of short stories, and numerous biographies. He died in his adopted country in 1940 and he received a state funeral in Canada before his ashes were returned to the United Kingdom.
 
Neil Munro (1863–1930) was a Scottish journalist, author and newspaper editor, best known for his humorous works, especially the Vital Spark and Para Handy stories. Born in Inveraray, he moved to Glasgow where he combined working as a journalist with his novel writing and became editor of the Glasgow Evening News in 1918. He was a key figure in literary circles, and a friend of the writers John Buchan, J. M. Barrie, and Joseph Conrad. Many of his works are historical novels with a Highland setting exploring bloody unrest and the Jacobite rising. The New Road, was the last (and considered by many to be the best) of his novels, published in 1914. He died in Helensburgh on 22 December 1930. His obituaries claimed him to be the successor of Robert Louis Stevenson, and one noted critic described him as 'the greatest Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott'.
 
S.R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett (1859–1914) was a Scottish novelist born in Kirkcudbrightshire and won a bursary to Edinburgh University in 1876. After some time travelling, he became a minister of the Free Church in 1886, the year of his first publication, but gave up the ministry in 1895 to write full-time. The ‘Kailyard’ school of writing resonated with Crockett and he penned a series of popular novels featuring the history of Scotland and his native Galloway. A friend and correspondent of R. L. Stevenson, his books sold in large numbers, but his later work has been criticised for being overly sentimental. He died in France in 1914 before the outbreak of the First World War.
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