BOOK TITLE:

"Neil Munro - The Biography"

AUTHOR: Lesley Lendrum
ISBN:1 899863 91 5
PRICE: £12.99
PAGES: h/b; 304pp (12pp b&w photos)

OVERVIEW:

Neil Munro (1863-1930)

Regarded in his lifetime as the natural successor to Robert Louis Stevenson, and most widely known today for his great comic creation Para Handy, Neil Munro produced a number of accomplished novels and some skilfully crafted collections of short stories. He was also a distinguished journalist and an important figure in British and especially Scottish literary circles of the first quarter of the twentieth century. There has been a recent revival of interest in his work – much of which is now back in print.

This biography by his grand daughter is the first study of the man and his background – the “old” Gaelic world of his native Argyllshire on the one hand and the “modern” world of his successful journalism, his friendships with Conrad, Cunningham Graham, George Houston and other figures of the time. Munro was a family man through and through but with huge energy and interest in the wider world and a remarkable gift for story telling.

Lesley Lendrum uses previously unpublished letters and journal entries as well as well-chosen extracts from his journalism and other writing to tell his story.


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