Frank McLynn

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Francis James McLynn FRHistS FRGS (born 29 August 1941), known as Frank McLynn, is a British author, biographer, historian and journalist. He is noted for critically acclaimed biographies of Napoleon Bonaparte, Robert Louis Stevenson, Carl Jung, Richard Francis Burton and Henry Morton Stanley.

McLynn was educated at Wadham College, Oxford[1] and the University of London.[2] He was Alistair Horne Research Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford (1987–88) and was visiting professor in the Department of Literature at the University of Strathclyde (1996–2001)[3] and professorial fellow at Goldsmiths College London (2000–2002)[4] before becoming a full-time writer.



As editor[edit]

  • Of No Country: An Anthology of the Works of Sir Richard Burton (1990), London: Scribners

Criticism and reviews[edit]

Captain Cook : master of the seas (2011)[edit]

  • Etherington, Norman (September 2011). "History warrior : the world's greatest sea explorer versus the academics". Australian Book Review. 334: 11–12. 

Awards and accolades[edit]


  1. ^ Random House Books
  2. ^ Frank McLynn, "The Jacobites", Back cover bio
  3. ^ Frank McLynn, "Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution", Back cover bio, [1]
  4. ^ Royal Literary Fund
  5. ^ January Magazine
  6. ^ Midlothian, Our Library