A.J. Cronin : The Man Who Created Dr Finlay

A.J. Cronin : The Man Who Created Dr Finlay

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A.J. Cronin, author of some of the best-loved novels of the mid-twentieth century and the creator of Dr Finlay, has been unjustly overlooked by literary biographers. In this, the first full-length life of this eminent but often neglected writer, Alan Davies recounts the story of Cronin's Scottish childhood as the son of a Protestant mother and Catholic father, his subsequent medical career, and ultimately his rise to literary prominence, emphasizing throughout the importance of holding at arm's length many of the apocryphal tales that have accumulated around the memory of the author of "Hatter's Castle", "The Citadel" and "The Stars Look Down", many of which are based on mistaken autobiographical readings of Cronin's fiction itself. Incorporating an account of Cronin's tempestuous relationship with his publisher, Victor Gollancz, and some startling revelations about the mental illness, betrayal and forbidden affection at the heart of the author's loveless marriage, Davies' timely and moving book paints a clearer portrait of both Cronin the writer and Cronin the man than the world has hitherto seen.


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Details

Author(s)
Alan Davies
Format
Hardback | 384 pages
Dimensions
137.16 x 213.36 x 30.48mm | 612.35g
Publication date
15 May 2011
Publisher
Alma Books Ltd
Publication City/Country
Surrey, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
1846881129
ISBN13
9781846881121
Bestsellers rank
607,388