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.
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
Lendrum uses previously unpublished letters and journal entries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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