ALISTAIR MACLEAN

1922 - 1987

Writing as: Alistair MacLean


According to Wikipedia: "Alistair Stuart MacLean was a Scottish novelist who wrote popular thrillers and adventure stories. His works include The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra and Where Eagles Dare – all three were made into popular films. He also wrote two novels under the pseudonym Ian Stuart.

MacLean was the son of a Church of Scotland minister and learned English as a second language after his mother tongue, Scottish Gaelic. He was born in Glasgow but spent much of his childhood and youth in Daviot, ten miles south of Inverness. He was the third of four sons.

He joined the Royal Navy in 1941, serving in World War II with the ranks of Ordinary Seaman, Able Seaman, and Leading Torpedo Operator. He was first assigned to PS Bournemouth Queen, a converted excursion ship fitted for anti-aircraft guns, on duty off the coasts of England and Scotland. Beginning in 1943, he served on HMS Royalist, a Dido-class light cruiser. There he saw action in 1943 in the Atlantic theatre, on two Arctic convoys and escorting carrier groups in operations against Tirpitz and other targets off the Norwegian coast. In 1944 he and HMS Royalist served in the Mediterranean theatre, as part of the invasion of southern France and in helping to sink blockade runners off Crete and bombard Milos in the Aegean. During this time MacLean may have been injured in a gunnery practice accident. In 1945, in the Far East theatre, MacLean and Royalist saw action escorting carrier groups in operations against Japanese targets in Burma, Malaya, and Sumatra. (MacLean's late-in-life claims that he was captured by the Japanese and tortured have been dismissed by both his son and his biographer as drunken ravings.) After the Japanese surrender, Royalist helped evacuate liberated POWs from Changi Prison in Singapore.



Series Books
 
The Navarone Series The Guns of Navarone (1957)
  Force 10 From Navarone (1968)
 
UNACO [creator]
 
Trent [creator]
 
Non-Spy Series HMS Ulysses (1955)
  South by Java Head (1958)
  The Last Frontier (1959)
  Night Without End (1959)
  Fear Is the Key (1961)
  The Dark Crusader aka The Black Shrike (as Ian Stuart) (1961)
  All About Lawrence of Arabia [NF] (1962)
  The Satan Bug (as Ian Stuart) (1962)
  The Golden Rendezvous (1962)
  Ice Station Zebra (1963)
  When Eight Bells Toll (1966)
  Where Eagles Dare (1967)
  Puppet on a Chain (1969)
  Caravan to Vaccares (1970)
  Bear Island (1971)
  Captain Cook [NF] (1972)
  Alistair MacLean Introduces Scotland [NF] (1972)
  The Way to Dusty Death (1973)
  Breakheart Pass (1974)
  Circus (1975)
  The Golden Gate (1976)
  Seawitch (1977)
  Goodbye California (1978)
  Athabasca (1980)
  River of Death (1981)
  Partisans (1982)
  Floodgate (1983)
  San Andreas (1984)
  The Lonely Sea (1985)
  Santorini (1986)