Alistair MacLean





Alistair MacLean

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born
in Glasgow, Scotland, The United Kingdom
April 28, 1922

died
February 02, 1987

gender
male

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About this author

Alistair Stuart MacLean (Scottish Gaelic: Alasdair MacGill-Eain), the son of a Scots Minister, was brought up in the Scottish Highlands. In 1941, at the age of eighteen, he joined the Royal Navy; two and a half years spent aboard a cruiser were to give him the background for 'HMS Ulysses', his first novel, the outstanding documentary novel on the war at sea. After the war he gained an English Honours degree at Glasgow University, and became a schoolmaster. In 1983, he was awarded a D. Litt. from the same university.

Maclean is the author of twenty-nine world bestsellers and recognised as an outstanding writer in his own genre. Many of his titles have been adapted for film - 'The Guns of the Navarone', 'Force Ten from Navarone', 'Where Eagles
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More books by Alistair MacLean…
“This won't look so good in my obituary," Schaffer said dolefully. There was a perceptible edge of strain under the lightly-spoken words."Gave his life for his country in a ladies' lavatory in Upper Bavaria.”
Alistair MacLean, Where Eagles Dare

“She had the best kind of courage, or maybe the worst kind, the kind that gets you into trouble.”
Alistair MacLean, Fear is the Key

“There are no brave men and cowardly men in the world, my son. There are only brave men. To be born, to live, to die—that takes courage enough in itself, and more than enough.

We are all brave men and we are all afraid, and what the world calls a brave man, he too is brave and afraid like the all rest of us. Only he is brave for five minutes longer.”
Alistair MacLean, The Guns of Navarone

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