Author Neil M Gunn, born in Caithness Scotland

On the 8th of November 1891

Author Neil M Gunn, born in Caithness Scotland

Author Neil M Gunn born in Caithness.

Neil Miller Gunn (8 November 1891 – 15 January 1973) was a prolific novelist, critic and dramatist who emerged as one of the leading lights of the Scottish Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s.

“Highland River” and “The Silver Darlings” are considered classics of Scottish literature, and they reflect Gunn’s interest in the Highland way of life, fishing communities, and the enduring connection between people and the land and sea. Neil M. Gunn’s contributions to literature have had a lasting impact on the portrayal of Highland life and the cultural heritage of Scotland.

With over twenty novels to his credit, Gunn was arguably the most influential Scottish fiction writer of the first half of the 20th century (with the possible exception of Lewis Grassic Gibbon, the pen name of James Leslie Mitchell)



  • The Grey Coast (1926)
  • The Lost Glen (1928)
  • Morning Tide (1931)
  • The Poaching at Grianan (1930 as serial in Scots Magazine) (2005)
  • Sun Circle (1933)
  • Butcher’s Broom (1934)
  • Highland River (1937)
  • Wild Geese Overhead (1939)
  • Second Sight (1940)
  • The Silver Darlings (1941) (filmed in 1947)
  • Young Art and Old Hector (1942)
  • The Serpent (1943)
  • The Green Isle of the Great Deep (1944)
  • The Key of the Chest (1945)
  • The Drinking Well (1946)
  • The Silver Bough (1948)
  • The Shadow (1948)
  • The Lost Chart (1949)
  • The Well at the World’s End (1951)
  • Blood Hunt (1952) (adapted for television in 1986)
  • The Other Landscape (1954)

Short stories

  • Hidden Doors (1929)
  • The White Hour (1950)
  • The Tax-Gatherer

Essays and autobiography

  • Whisky and Scotland (1935)
  • Off in a Boat (1938)
  • Highland Pack (1949)
  • The Atom of Delight (1956)
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