Author Biographies

Lewis Grassic Gibbon (1901–1935) was born James Leslie Mitchell on the north east coast of Scotland and raised in Arbuthnott, then in Kincardineshire. He began working as a journalist aged 16 before joining the Army in 1919 and subsequently the RAF in 1920. He spent some time in the Middle East then married and settled in Welwyn Garden City where he became a full-time writer. Between 1929 and his death from peritonitis in 1935, Mitchell produced a number of short stories and essays along with seven novels, the trilogy making up A Scots Quair (Sunset Song, Cloud Howe and Grey Granite) being the best-known of his works. Established in Arbuthnott in 1991, the Grassic Gibbon Centre commemorates the author's life
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'.
George Douglas Brown (1869–1902) was born in Ayrshire and educated at Glasgow University and Oxford before moving to London to embark upon a career in journalism. He was published in Blackwood’s Magazine and in 1899 published a novel called Love and a Sword under the pseudonym Kennedy King. In 1901 his second novel, The House with the Green Shutters, was published under the pseudonym George Douglas in 1901, the year before his death from pneumonia at the age of 33. The novel describes the less genial side of Scottish life and was considered to be a counterpoint to the kailyard school of writing.
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