- Alistair Maclean (1922-1987)
Born in Glasgow, Alistair Maclean was brought up in Inverness> where his Gaelic-speaking father was a minister. He served in the navy during WW2 and became a school teacher on his return to "civvy street".
He took up writing to supplement his income and in 1954 he won a short story competition in the Glasgow Herald> newspaper. This resulted in a commission from Collins the publisher and the resulting "HMS Ulysses" in 1955 was an instant success. But it was only after his second novel, "The Guns of Navaronne"> reached the best seller list too that he gave up teaching.
He later moved to Switzerland where he continued to write successful action-packed stories such as "Ice Station Zebra"> and "Fear is the Key". He also produced biographies of Captain Cook and T E Lawrence. Over 200 million copies of his books have been sold and many of his stories have been made into successful films.
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