Christine Marion Fraser

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Christine Marion Fraser (24 March 1938 – 22 November 2002) was a Scottish author of popular fiction.


She was born in Govan, Glasgow, and was raised in a tenement, the eighth child of a shipyard worker and his wife. As a child, she developed a calcium condition and became a wheelchair user for life.


Fraser was best known for her four continuing family sagas, all of them set in Scotland. Her books sold over three and a half million copies, mostly in her native Scotland but also across the English-speaking world.[1]

Her first novel Rhanna was published in 1978 and was followed by seven sequels. The Rhanna series detailed the lives of the residents of a small fictitious Hebridean island of the same name.

Her second series was the five-book King's Croft series, begun in 1986, which was set in 19th century Aberdeenshire. She followed that in 1994 with the Noble series, set in Victorian-era Argyll.

Her fourth and final series, begun in 1998, were the Kinvara stories, four novels about lighthouse keepers on an Outer Hebridean island.

She also wrote a series of autobiographical novels related to her life and upbringing in Scotland.



  • Rhanna (1978)
  • Rhanna at War (1980)
  • Children of Rhanna (1983)
  • Return to Rhanna (1984)
  • Song of Rhanna (1985)
  • Storm Over Rhanna (1988)
  • Stranger on Rhanna (1992)
  • A Rhanna Mystery (1996)


  • King's Croft (1986)
  • King's Acre (1987)
  • King's Exile(1989)
  • King's Close (1991)
  • King's Farewell (1993)


  • Noble Beginnings (1994)
  • Noble Deeds (1995)
  • Noble Seed (1997)


  • Kinvara (1998)
  • Kinvara Wives (1999)
  • Kinvara Summer (2000)
  • Kinvara Affairs (2001)

Autobiographical series[edit]

  • Blue Above the Chimneys (1980)
  • Roses Round the Door (1986)
  • Green Are My Mountains (1990)
  • Beyond the Rainbow (1994)

Other work[edit]

  • Ullin Macbeth (1996)
  • The Poppy Field (1997) (with Frank Ian Galloway)
  • Out of the Past (1997)
  • Wild Is the Day (1997)


  1. ^ Christine Marion Fraser – Obituaries, News. The Independent. Retrieved on 10 August 2011.

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