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Ian Macpherson (novelist)

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Ian Macpherson
Born1905 (1905)
Died1944 (aged 38–39)
EducationAberdeen University
Notable workShepherds Calendar,
Wild Harbour

Ian Macpherson (1905–1944) was a Scottish writer from Leslie Place, Forres, Moray, Scotland.[1] He graduated from Aberdeen University in 1928 with a first-class honours degree in English. His first novel, Shepherds Calendar, was published in 1931. The book depicts a young man's growth to maturity in a farming community dominated by hard toil and the influence of the seasons.[2]

Wild Harbour tells of the world destroyed by a future war, forebodings of which were already discernible in Europe.[3] Macpherson died in a motorcycle accident in 1944.


  • Shepherds' Calendar (1931), ISBN 9780862280635
  • Land of Our Fathers (1933)
  • Pride in the Valley (1936), ASIN B000ZLQB7K
  • Wild Harbour (1936), ISBN 9780862412340[4]

Further reading[edit]

Gifford, Douglas (1982), In Search of the Scottish Renaissance: The Reprinting of Scottish Fiction, in Cencrastus No. 9, Summer 1982, pp. 26 – 30, ISSN 0264-0856


  1. ^ "Macpherson, Ian (1905–1944), novelist". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/60214. Retrieved 20 May 2019. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Baker, Timothy C. (September 2008). "Ian Macpherson's Writing of the Disaster". International Review of Scottish Studies. 33: 61–86. doi:10.21083/irss.v33i0.486.
  3. ^ "Authors : Macpherson, Ian : SFE : Science Fiction Encyclopedia". www.sf-encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  4. ^ "1001 Book Review: Wild Harbour by MacPherson". The Reader's Room. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  • Canongate Books
  • 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, ABC Books, Sydney, 2006.

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