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Neil Munro - Author

About the Author

Neil Munro was born in 1863. He followed a career in journalism, eventually becoming editor of the Glasgow Evening News. He achieved great success as a poet and novelist, writing masterpieces of historical fiction such as John Splendid and The New Road as well as the humorous tales of Para Handy, Erchie and Jimmy Swan. Neil Munro died in 1930.

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Other books by Neil Munro

Gilian the Dreamer His Fancy His Love and Adventure

Gilian the Dreamer His Fancy His Love and Adventure

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2017

Gilian the Dreamer His Fancy His Love and Adventure

Gilian the Dreamer His Fancy His Love and Adventure

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2017

Bud

Bud

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/12/2016

Jaunty Jock, and Other Stories

Jaunty Jock, and Other Stories

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/2016

The Daft Days

The Daft Days

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/11/2015

Para Handy

Para Handy

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2015

Para Handy has been sailing his way into the affections of generations of Scots since he first weighed anchor in the pages of the Glasgow Evening News in 1905. The master mariner and his crew - Dougie the mate, Macphail the engineer, Sunny Jim and the Tar - all play their part in evoking the irresistible atmosphere of a bygone age when puffers sailed between West Highland ports and the great city of Glasgow. This definitive edition contains all three collections published in the author's lifetime, as well as those that were unpublished and a new story which was discovered in 2001. Extensive notes accompany each story, providing fascinating insights into colloquialisms, place-names and historical events. This volume also includes a wealth of contemporary photographs, depicting the harbours, steamers and puffers from the age of the Vital Spark.

The Vital Spark

The Vital Spark

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/06/2012

John Splendid the Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

John Splendid the Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2012

Gilian the Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

Gilian the Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2012

Bud

Bud

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2011

The Lost Pibroch, and Other Sheiling Stories.

The Lost Pibroch, and Other Sheiling Stories.

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2011

John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman and the Little Wars of Lorn.

John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman and the Little Wars of Lorn.

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2011

History of the Royal Bank of Scotland 1727-1927

History of the Royal Bank of Scotland 1727-1927

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2011

Emerging from the aftermath of the disastrous Darien Scheme and the Treaty of Union (1707) the Royal Bank was established in 1727 to play a major role in many aspects of Scottish life. This book not only charts the fascinating history of the Royal Bank itself; it also brings to life events and personalities connected with it over two centuries. We get fascinating glimpses into the Jacobite invasion of Edinburgh, architectural development in Edinburgh and Glasgow and the expansion of the railways. There are also marvellous insights into aspects of important personalities like Archibald, Earl of Ilay, first Governor of the bank, David Dale and Sir Walter Scott. Neil Munro (1860-1930), distinguished author and journalist - and most famous for his hilarious tales of Para Handy and his puffer Vital Spark - displays with his History of the Royal Bank of Scotland (1727-1927) yet another aspect of his skill as a writer.

The Clyde: River and Firth

The Clyde: River and Firth

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2010

For this, one of a series of illustrated volumes, first published in 1907, Neil Munro (1863-1930) was surely the ideal choice of author with his versatility as historical novelist and journalist. Born and bred in Inveraray, he spent years on the Glasgow Evening News, contributing two well-loved columns that envious colleagues would describe as having the Munro touch. Para Handy made his first casual appearance in those pages. This book is a rich storehouse of facts geographical and historical, but it too shows the Munro touch. We feel his joie de vivre and his innate love of his own corner of the world as he accompanies us from the river's source at Little Clyde Farm, past the orchards near Lanark, the shipyards of Glasgow, down to the Firth itself in its doon the watter heyday, ending with chapters on Loch Fyne and the islands. With sixty-seven black-and-white illustrations.

Bagpipe Ballads and Other Poems The Collected Poems of Neil Munro

Bagpipe Ballads and Other Poems The Collected Poems of Neil Munro

Author: Neil Munro, Alan MacGillivray Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2010

Neil Munro (1863-1930) is well known for his brilliant humorous sketches which celebrate Para Handy, the wily skipper of the puffer Vital Spark, and his crew. One of the most outstanding journalists of his day, he was also the author of fine historical novels of which John Splendid and The New Road are most highly acclaimed. Throughout his literary career he also wrote poetry. Not surprisingly, as a young Highlander compelled to move to the city of Glasgow for work, one of the main themes in this genre is exile. With the onset of the Great War in 1914, however, he found his true poetic voice. The devastating loss of his son in France and three visits to the front line as war correspondent galvanised him to write a sequence of sixteen well-crafted poems which he called Bagpipe Ballads. Many of these bring home to us the grim sadness of war and ensure Munro's place with the other notable Scottish war poets of the period. Bob Preston is to be congratulated for bringing together for the first time all of Neil Munro's known verses, for assembling them in chronological order of publication and for providing extensive notes which include the publishing history of each poem.

The Old Highlands

The Old Highlands

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/2009

The Old Highlands

The Old Highlands

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2009

Bud

Bud

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2009

The Lost Pibroch, and Other Sheiling Stories

The Lost Pibroch, and Other Sheiling Stories

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2009

The Lost Pibroch, and Other Sheiling Stories

The Lost Pibroch, and Other Sheiling Stories

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2009

Doom Castle; A Romance

Doom Castle; A Romance

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2009

The Daft Days

The Daft Days

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2009

The Daft Days

The Daft Days

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2009

The Daft Days

The Daft Days

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2009

Doom Castle; A Romance

Doom Castle; A Romance

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2009

Doom Castle; A Romance

Doom Castle; A Romance

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2009

The Lost Pibroch, and Other Sheiling Stories

The Lost Pibroch, and Other Sheiling Stories

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/09/2009

Gilian the Dreamer His Youth, His Love and Adventure

Gilian the Dreamer His Youth, His Love and Adventure

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2009

Gilian the Dreamer His Youth, His Love and Adventure

Gilian the Dreamer His Youth, His Love and Adventure

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2009

Fancy Farm

Fancy Farm

Author: Neil Munro, Ronnie Renton Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2009

Set in Argyllshire, Scotland Fancy Farm deals with the quixotic, idealistic and impractical landlord Sir Andrew Schaw who, as a result of imprudent management, has been forced to rent out his mansion house and live more humbly on a farm on his estate. He prides himself on his egalitarianism, tolerance and his excellent relations with the ordinary folk. His self-knowledge, however, is very limited and he cannot see the hypocrisy in his own position when he embarks on his great experiment in training the Ideal Wife - to mould Penelope, the woman he believes he wants to marry, into the kind of woman he wants her to be. Penelope, however, is practical and a realist and soon exposes Sir Andrew's flaws. In the end both find more suitable spouses. Fancy Farm is much more than a romantic love story. It is also very much a novel of ideas. Neil Munro (1863-1930) was born in Inveraray, Argyll. Best known as the creator of the enduring hilarious sketches of Para Handy and his crew of the puffer Vital Spark, he was also a distinguished journalist and novelist. Along with Fancy Farm his novels include John Splendid, Gilian the Dreamer, The Daft Days and his masterpiece, The New Road.

The Looker On

The Looker On

Author: Neil Munro, George Blake Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2009

Journalist, novelist and poet Neil Munro was born in the beautiful town of Inveraray, Argyllshire in 1863. He was educated in the Parish School and became a clerk to the local lawyer but, like so many young Highlanders, to fulfil his true ambitions he had to emigrate to the Lowlands. On 1st June, 1881 he arrived by steamer in Glasgow of the steeples which was to become his new home. In 1884 he obtained his first newspaper job as a reporter with The Greenock Advertiser. After a number of other newspaper posts he became chief reporter with the Glasgow Evening News in February 1888, the paper with which he was to remain happily for the rest of his working life. In 1897 he went part time , reducing his commitment to journalism to two columns per week in order to concentrate on literary work, and it is during this period that he wrote eight novels, of which John Splendid, Gilian the Dreamer and The New Road are particularly fine. Of the two columns mentioned above, one he called The Looker-On which ranged widely over many topics, urban and rural, and was the original place of publication of the famous Para Handy stories. The other column, devoted to book reviewing, he called Views and Reviews . It was, according to George Blake, the most enlightened thing of its kind outside the serious reviews . This volume contains Blake's selection of Munro's sensitive, polished and witty journalism from these columns - a mere sixteenth of his total output. With the outbreak of the First World War Munro returned to full time journalism, becoming editor of the Glasgow Evening News in 1918. He retired in 1927. During his last three years he reviewed the events and personalities of his lifetime in a series of perceptive articles called Random Reminiscences which he contributed to the Daily Record and Mail under the pseudonym of 'Mr Incognito'. Neil Munro died in Helensburgh in 1930 and is buried in his beloved Inveraray in the ancient cemetery of Kilmalieu.

The Brave Days

The Brave Days

Author: Neil Munro, George Blake Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2009

Master of the most enviable journalistic style: crisp, colourful and yet gracious Neil Munro was born in the beautiful town of Inveraray, Argyllshire in 1863. Educated in the Parish School he became a clerk to the local lawyer but, like so many young Highlanders, to fulfil his true ambitions he had to emigrate to the Lowlands. On 1st June, 1881 he arrived by steamer in Glasgow of the steeples . In 1884 he obtained his first newspaper job as a reporter with The Greenock Advertiser. After a number of other newspaper posts he became chief reporter with the Glasgow Evening News in February 1888, the paper with which he was to remain happily for the rest of his working life. In 1897 he went part time , reducing his commitment to journalism to two columns per week in order to concentrate on prose fiction. During this period he wrote eight novels, of which John Splendid, Gilian the Dreamer and The New Road are particularly fine. Of the two columns mentioned above, one he called The Looker-On which ranged widely over many topics, urban and rural, and was the original place of publication of the famous Para Handy stories. The other column, devoted to book reviewing, he called Views and Reviews. It was, according to George Blake, the most enlightened thing of its kind outside the serious reviews . With the outbreak of the First World War Munro returned to full time journalism, becoming editor of the Glasgow Evening News in 1918. He retired in 1927. During his last three years he reviewed the events and personalities of his lifetime in series of perceptive articles called Random Reminiscences which he contributed to the Daily Record and Mail under the pseudonym of 'Mr Incognito'. This volume contains George Blake's selection of these pieces. Neil Munro died in Helensburgh in 1930 and is buried in his beloved Inveraray in the ancient cemetery of Kilmalieu.

Gilian the Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

Gilian the Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/12/2008

Gilian the Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

Gilian the Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2008

Doom Castle A Romance

Doom Castle A Romance

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2008

Doom Castle A Romance (Large Print Edition)

Doom Castle A Romance (Large Print Edition)

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2008

Doom Castle A Romance (Large Print Edition)

Doom Castle A Romance (Large Print Edition)

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2008

Doom Castle A Romance

Doom Castle A Romance

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2008

Fancy Farm

Fancy Farm

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/05/2008

The Vital Spark The Illustrated Para Handy

The Vital Spark The Illustrated Para Handy

Author: Neil Munro, Hamish Haswell-Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2003

The hilarious exploits of Para Handy and his crew - beloved by readers since Neil Munro first set them loose on an unsuspecting public all those years ago - are now part of Scotland's genetic make-up. But despite the tales of the Master Mariner, Dougie the Mate, Macphail the Engineer, Sunny Jim and The Tar being in print for almost a century, never before have they received such remarkable treatment. This new edition brings a classic of Scottish literature together with one of the country's most respected artists. Undoubtedly his most captivating book to date, here Hamish Haswell-Smith's breathtaking water-colours create the evocative atmosphere of the West Coast of Scotland as it was in the time of Para Handy but without destroying each reader's unique mental image of Munro's unforgettable characters. Perfect for Para Handy fans everywhere, as well as all those entranced by the work of Hamish Haswell-Smith.

Erchie My Droll Friend

Erchie My Droll Friend

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2002

A worthy successor to the best-selling Para Handy. One hundred years after he first appeared in print, Erchie brilliantly displays Munro's gift for humour and characterisation as well as providing a marvellous insight into the Scotland of the time. Erchie Macpherson, Glasgow waiter and Kirk Deacon, first appeared in the Glasgow Evening News in February 1902 - nearly three years before the appearance of the better-known Para Handy series. The Erchie stories were an instant success. In 1993 Brian Osborne and Ronald Armstrong produced for Birlinn an edition of the Erchie stories and included 52 stories that had appeared in the News between 1910 and 1926. None of them had ever previously appeared in book form. Recent research by them in the files of the News has produced a further 61 stories, new to book form, which were originally published in 1902-1904 and in 1908-1909. The total Erchie collection is thus an amazing 142 stories, 113 of which never appeared in book form in Munro's lifetime. Throughout the collection Munro uses Erchie, his wife, Jinnet, and his friend Duffy the coal merchant, three pawky Glasgow characters, to comment on contemporary politics, stories in the news, fashions, sport, and any aspect of daily life that comes under their notice. The range is bewildering - the race for the North Pole, Edward VII's Coronation, the Olympic Games, flying machines, temperance, Harry Lauder, Robert Burns, tipping, the Fair holidays and Andrew Carnegie are just some of the topics dealt with in the latest batch of stories unearthed from the archive.

Gilian the Dreamer

Gilian the Dreamer

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/05/2000

Set at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, as disaffected soldiers are returning to their homes in the Highlands, this book tells the story of Gilian -- a sensitive young boy who has only known the old ways of the Highlands, and for whom the new social order brings both danger and the promise of adventure.

The New Road

The New Road

Author: Neil Munro, Brian D. Osborne Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/11/1999

First published in 1914, The New Road is a tale of Jacobites, high adventure, murder and mystery. Often compared to the Robert Louis Stevenson masterpiece Kidnapped, it was Munro''s last and most accomplished historical novel.'

Doom Castle

Doom Castle

Author: Neil Munro, Brian D. Osborne Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/03/1999

Set in the Highlands in the years following the Jacobite Rebellion this story tells of an aristocratic F renchman, on a mission to solve a murderous secret. At every turn he uncovers new twists in the web of mystery surroundi ng the castle. '

John Splendid

John Splendid

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/03/1999

Electronic Combat and Modern Warfare The Quick and the Dead

Electronic Combat and Modern Warfare The Quick and the Dead

Author: Neil Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/05/1991

Modern weaponry and warfare have entered a new era where death and destruction are produced electronically and with appalling speed and accuracy. This book shows for the first time how electronic combat and the battle for intelligence are changing every aspect of the battlefield of the future - from nuclear warfare to espionage. It is the first of its kind to show how the new technology and tactics are used, and how they shape strategy and peacetime planning.

Electronic Combat and Modern Warfare The Quick and the Dead

Electronic Combat and Modern Warfare The Quick and the Dead

Author: Neil Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/1991

Modern weaponry and warfare have entered a new era where death and destruction are produced electronically and with appalling speed and accuracy. This book shows for the first time how electronic combat and the battle for intelligence are changing every aspect of the battlefield of the future - from nuclear warfare to espionage. It is the first of its kind to show how the new technology and tactics are used, and how they shape strategy and peacetime planning.

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