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Robin Jenkins

 

John Robin Jenkins was born in 1912, one of four children, in the village of Flemington, near Cambuslang.  He studied English at the University of Glasgow.  When World War II broke out, he registered as a conscientious objector and was directed to work for the Forestry Commission; he used this excperience in the acclaimed novel, The Cone Gatherers.  In 1957, he moved abroad to work in Spain, Afghanistan and Malaysia.  In 1968, he settled in Dunoon where he remained until his death in 2005.  He was awarded an OBE in 1999 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Saltire Society in 2003.  In May 2008 the Robin jenkins Literary Awards was launched.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Novels

So Gaily Sings the Lark (1951)
Happy for the Child (1953)
The Thistle and the Grail (1954)
The Cone-Gatherers (1955)
Guests of War (1956)
The Missionaries (1957)
The Changeling (1958)
Love Is a Fervent Fire (1959)
Some Kind of Grace (1960)
Dust on the Paw (1961)
The Tiger of Gold (1962)
A Love of Innocence (1963)
The Sardana Dancers (1964)
A Very Scotch Affair (1968)
The Holy Tree (1969)
The Expatriates (1971)
A Toast to the Lord (1972)
A Figure of Fun (1974)
A Would-Be Saint (1978)
Fergus Lamont (1979)
The Awakening of George Darroch (1985)
Just Duffy (1988)
Poverty Castle (1991)
Leila (1995)
Matthew and Sheila (1999)

Short Stories
A Far Cry from Bowmore and Other Stories (1973)
Lunderston Tales (1996)

Uncollected Short Stories
“Exile,” in Modern Scottish Short Stories, edited by Fred Urquhart and Giles Gordon.

 

 

 

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Robin Jenkins
 

A VERY SCOTCH AFFAIR


A Very Scotch Affair is set in Glasgow and tells the tale of Mungo Niven, a man who possesses a fiercely Scotch conscience and who feels trapped in a drab and unfulfilling existence. Mungo’s wife is the extroverted and excessively cheerful Bess, too busy cracking jokes or playing whist to give her husband’s misery any sympathy, as well as dismissing his vague intellectual, imaginative and amorous ambitions as pointless dreams. Mungo finds himself bound to her not so much by love and loyalty as by the many trivial commonplaces of married life. When Bess is stricken by cancer, Mungo sees an opportunity for him to escape both his loveless marriage and his tyrannical conscience.


As Mungo seizes this chance, his actions have far-reaching effects which he had never imagined; his eldest son follows his father’s example into betrayal and abandons his pregnant girlfriend; his eighteen-year-old daughter becomes emotionally numb to the situation; his younger son, just twelve-years-old, develops an intense hatred towards his father and turns his back on the family, moving away to live with relatives. Mungo is left looking at the pieces of his broken family


PUBLICATION DATE: Jul 2005

UK PUBLISHER: POLYGON

ISBN CODE: 9781904598442

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THE CONE GATHERERS


Calum and Neil are the cone-gatherers – two brothers at work in the forest of a large Scottish estate. But the harmony of their life together is shadowed by the obsessive hatred of Duror, the gamekeeper. Set during the Second World War, Robin Jenkins’ greatest novel is an immensely powerful examination of good and evil, and mankind’s propensity for both. Removed from the destruction and bloodshed of the war, the brothers’ oblivious happiness becomes increasingly fragile as darker forces close in around them. Suspenseful, dark and unforgettable, The Cone-Gatherers is a towering work of fiction, a masterpiece of modern Scottish literature.


PUBLICATION DATE: 20 Sep 2007

UK PUBLISHER: CANONGATE

ISBN CODE: 9781841959894

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DUST ON THE PAW


Abdul Wahab, an Afghan science teacher, is eagerly anticipating the arrival of his British fiance, Laura Johnstone, in the capital of his home country. Having met while Abdul was a student at Manchester University, the couple are eager to settle down in Isban. However, Abdul is not the only one interested in Miss Johnstone’s arrival. Prince Naim, one of the sons of the king, sees the marriage as symbolic of a successful union between East and West, and in his hurry to cement this union, promotes Abdul into a position of power he is far from ready for.


Meanwhile, the employees at The British Embassy are in turmoil at this new arrival and all the disaster they are sure this mixed marriage will bring.


PUBLICATION DATE: Jun 2006

UK PUBLISHER: POLYGON

ISBN CODE: 9781904598848

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LEILA


Robin Jenkins returned to the Far East in the 1950s for Leila, a tender love story involving a Scottish teacher, Andrew Sandilands, and Leila, the exotically beautiful daughter of a local politician. Leila is, like her father, implicated in the revolutionary tremors shaking the small country and the lovers are soon torn between the small-minded mores of the expatriate community and Leila’s determined efforts to play a role in her country’s future. The masked oppression of the regime forms the backdrop to a novel where personal dramas collide with the legacies of colonialism.


PUBLICATION DATE: Jun 2007

UK PUBLISHER: POLYGON

ISBN CODE: 9781846970160

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RIGHTS SOLD: UK


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LOVE IS A FERVENT FIRE


In Love is a Fervent Fire Jenkins plumbs the depths of the subtlest human emotions in a brilliant study of sexual psychology. Burnt-out war hero and widower Hugh Carstares moves to a small Scottish village to work with the forestry service. The arrival of this intriguing, enigmatic, single man triggers the villagers’ intense curiosity, which soon turns to violent passion and hatred as Constance Kilgour and her fatherless child become objects of Hugh’s love and compassion.


PUBLICATION DATE: Aug 2005

UK PUBLISHER: POLYGON

ISBN CODE: 9781904598466

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LUNDERSTON TALES


Behind the douce facade of pipeband recitals and the little baker’s shop of Lunderston lies the whole of human life and Jenkins is particularly adept at pinning down the foibles and peculiarities of ordinary individuals facing ordinary dilemmas. From Doreen and the Virgin Plumber to the Merry Widow and the Elder, here are characters displaying style and aplomb and – always a pervading theme in Jenkins’ fiction – having in the end to assume responsibility for their thoughts and actions. This is an entertaining collection from one of Scotland’s most popular novelists.


PUBLICATION DATE: Jan 1996

UK PUBLISHER: POLYGON

ISBN CODE: 9780748662210

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POVERTY CASTLE


Poverty Castle is an absorbing work of contrasts and subtle irony centred around an idealistic family in Argyll. A compelling novel, it deals with human nature, as always with Jenkins, and the socialism of industrial Glasgow.


PUBLICATION DATE: Jun 2007

UK PUBLISHER: POLYGON

ISBN CODE: 9781846970153

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SOME KIND OF GRACE


Two British travellers, Donald Kemp and Margaret Duncan, have disappeared in the wild mountainous region of northern Afghanistan; a terrain into which western Europeans seldom penetrate. The authorities in Kabul say that they have been murdered by the inhabitants of a small and primitive village and that retribution has already been exacted in the form of wholesale reprisals.


John McLeod, a friend of the missing couple who spent some years in Afghanistan as a diplomat, is deeply suspicious of these explanations. He returns to Kabul and starts his own enquiries, but everywhere he is met with obstruction and evasion, though McLeod is deterred neither by the devious courtesies of local officials nor by the discreet negations of his own embassy. The quest becomes an obsession in which physical pursuit is linked with a personal desire to discover the truth of Donald and Margaret’s strange relationship.


PUBLICATION DATE: Jan 2004

UK PUBLISHER: POLYGON

ISBN CODE: 9781904598190

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THE CHANGELING


Thirteen-year-old Tom Curdie, the product of a Glasgow slum, is on probation for theft. His teachers admit that he is clever, but only one, Charles Forbes, sees an uncanny warmth in his reticence and in his seemingly insolent smile. So he decides to take Tom on holiday with his own family . . . This powerful novel explores one of Jenkins’s consistent and most fruitful themes – how goodness and innocence is compromised when faced with the pressures of growing up and becoming part of society.


PUBLICATION DATE: 03 Apr 2008

UK PUBLISHER: PENGUIN BOOKS

ISBN CODE: 9781847672384

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THE MISSIONARIES


Andrew Doig, a well-bred and confident university student proud of his moral integrity and intent on pursuing truth at all costs, finds himself embroiled in a passionate debate over his defence of the inhabitants of St Sollas, a remote island off Scotland’s west coast, which has been invaded by a group of Christian sectarians. Andrew’s moral action is complicated by the allegiance expected by his uncle, who happens to be the sheriff in charge of the eviction, and by his uncomfortable attraction to the cold-hearted but bewitching Madeleine.


The Missionaries follows Andrew, the sheriff and the accompanying police officers to St Sollas as the situation comes to a climax. An inspired study of human nature, the novel charts a voyage of self-discovery for Andrew as he is offered an easy route into aristocracy and wealth but is reluctant to relinquish his higher moral ground. The novel raises questions about attitudes towards social standing, moral righteousness and the Christian faith that are pertinent to this day.


PUBLICATION DATE: Sep 2005

UK PUBLISHER: POLYGON

ISBN CODE: 9781904598596

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THE PEARL FISHERS


When a family of travelling pearl-fishers arrives in a small Scottish town, the inhabitants react in their own different ways, from warmth to outright rejection. But how will they respond when love seems to blossom between local man Gavin Hamilton and the beautiful pearl-fisher Effie? The Pearl-fishers is a classic love story and the master storyteller’s last novel.


PUBLICATION DATE: Apr 2007

UK PUBLISHER: POLYGON

ISBN CODE: 9781846970061

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THE SARDANA DANCERS


Robin Jenkins bring to life a variety of characters in this intriguing, compassionate novel: twins Jonathan and Maddy are desperate for something significant, something creative to happen in their lives. They become passionately involved with John, an aggresive, working-class Glaswegian painter, and beautiful Barcelona student, Montserrat, whose brother is an imprisoned Catalan patriot. All of them are caught up in a sort of sardana – a Catalan dance performed for pleasure and as a symbol of unity.

PUBLICATION DATE: Sep 2006

UK PUBLISHER: POLYGON

ISBN CODE: 9781904598886

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THE THISTLE AND THE GRAIL


The Thistle is the unlucky local football team of Drumsagart, a drab industrial town in Lanarkshire. Cursed with poverty, an ineffective president and a string of defeats, the Thistle players are running low on morale, especially when so many people are against them, including the devious local policeman, the idealistic and sanctimonious new minister and sometimes their own wives. Despite their dismal prospects the team cling to the beautiful game as a last hope and dream. And, when they begin to win, a momentum springs up in their community as they soon come to represent ambition and hope. The Holy Grail of football, the Scottish Junior Cup, glitters at the end of a string of matches and suddenly the entire town of Drumsagart is depending on it.

PUBLICATION DATE: Apr 2006

UK PUBLISHER: POLYGON

ISBN CODE: 9781904598763

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