A.J. Cronin Books In Order

Dr. Finlay Books In Publication Order

  1. Short Stories From Dr Finlay’s Casebook (1978)
  2. Doctor Finlay of Tannochbrae (1985)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Hatter’s Castle (1931)
  2. Three Loves (1932)
  3. Grand Canary (1933)
  4. The Stars Look Down (1935)
  5. The Citadel (1937)
  6. Vigil in the Night (1939)
  7. Beyond This Place (1940)
  8. The Valorous Years (1940)
  9. The Keys of the Kingdom (1941)
  10. The Green Years (1944)
  11. Adventures of a Black Bag (1947)
  12. Shannon’s Way (1948)
  13. The Spanish Gardener (1950)
  14. Crusader’s Tomb (1955)
  15. A Thing Of Beauty (1956)
  16. The Northern Light (1958)
  17. The Judas Tree (1961)
  18. A Song of Sixpence (1964)
  19. A Pocketful of Rye (1969)
  20. The Minstrel Boy (1975)
  21. Desmonde (1975)
  22. Lady with Carnations (1976)
  23. Gracie Lindsay (1978)

Standalone Plays In Publication Order

  1. Jupiter laughs. A play in three acts (2020)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. The Innkeeper’s Wife (1958)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Great Unsolved Crimes (1975)
  2. Adventures In Two Worlds (2010)

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A.J. Cronin Books Overview

Hatter’s Castle

Text extracted from opening pages of book: Hatter’s Castle By A. J CRONIN NON REFERT 2 JS U1 / MVAD O3S BOSTON LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY 1947 Hatter’s Castle BOOK I THE spring of 1879 was unusually forward and open. Over the Low lands the green of early corn spread smoothly, the chestnut spears burst in April, and the hawthorn hedges flanking the white roads which laced the countryside blossomed a month before time. In the inland villages farmers exulted cautiously and children ran bare footed after watering carts; in the towns which flanked the wide river the clangour of the shipyards lost its insistence and, droning through the mild air, mounted to the foothills behind, where the hum of a precocious bee mingled with it and the exuberant bleat ing of lambs overcame it; in the city, clerks shed their coals for cool ness and lolled in offices, execrating the sultry weather, the policy of Lord Beaconsfield, the news of the Zulu War, and the high cost of beer. Thus, over the whole estuary of the Clyde, from Glasgow to Portdoran, upon Overton, Darroch, Ardfillan those towns which, lying between the Winton and Doran hills, formed the three cardinal points of the fertile triangle upon the right bank of the firth over the ancient Borough of Levenford, which stood bisecting exactly the base line of this triangle at the point where Leven entered Clyde, over all lay the radiance of a dazzling sun and, lapped in this strange benignant heat, the people worked, idled, gossiped, grumbled, cheated, prayed, loved, and lived. Over Levenford, on this early day of May, thin wisps of cloud had hung languidly in the tired air, but now in the late afternoon these gossamer filaments moved slowly on to activity. A warm breeze sprang up and puffed them across the sky, when, having propelled them out of sight, it descended upon the town, touching first the 4 HATTER S CASTLE high historic rock which marked the confluence of the tributary Leven with its parent stream, and which stood, a landmark, outlined clearly against the opal sky like the inert body of a gigantic elephant. The mild wind circled the rock, then passed quickly through the hot, mean streets of the adjoining Newtown and wandered amongst the tall stocks, swinging cranes and the ribbed framework of half formed ships in the busy yards of Latta and Company along the river’s mouth. Next it wafted slowly along Church Street, as befitted the passage of a thoroughfare dignified by the Borough Hall, the Borough Academy and the Parish Church, until, free of the sober street, it swirled jauntily in the advantageously open space of the Cross, moved speculatively between the rows of shops in the High Street, and entered the more elevated residential district of Knoxhill. But here it tired quickly of sporting along the weathered, red sand stone terraces and rustling the ivy on the old stone houses, and seeking the countryside beyond, passed inland once more, straying amongst the prim villas of the select quarter of Wellhall, and fanning the little round plots of crimson faced geraniums in each front garden. Then, as it drifted carelessly along the decorous thoroughfare which led from this genteel region to the adjacent open country, suddenly it chilled as it struck the last house in the road. This was a singular dwelling. In size it was small, of such dimen sions that it could not have contained more than seven rooms; in its construction solid, with the hard stability of new grey stones; in its architecture unique. The base of the house had the shape of a narrow rectangle with the wider aspect directed towards the street, with walls which arose, not directly from the earth, but from a stone foundation a foot longer and wider than themselves, and upon which the whole structure seemed to sustain itself like an animal upon its deep dug paws. The frontage arising from this supporting pedestal reared itself with a cold severity to terminate in one half of its extent in a steeply pitched gable and in the oth

Three Loves

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Grand Canary

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

The Stars Look Down

Set in the north of England at the turn of the century, this novel focuses on the lives and times of the people who lived there, describing the suffering of the miners and the advent of World War I. Other publications by Cronin include ‘Adventures of a Black Bag’, a collection of short stories.

The Citadel

This thrilling novel of a doctor’s life has been the subject of a Mobil Masterpiece Theatre dramatic series on PBS. ‘Cronin’s distinguished achievement…
. No one could have written as fine, honest, and moving a study of a young doctor as ‘The Citadel‘ without possessing great literary taste and skill’. ‘The Atlantic Monthly’.

Vigil in the Night

Vigil in the Night represents something of an event for fans of A. J. Cronin. Here, published for the first time in book form, is his poignant and moving tale of two nurses of Anne, who devoted herself to serving others, and of her younger sister, Lucy, who meant to get everything in life for herself. When Lucy’s negligence causes the tragic death of a young patient, Anne takes the blame to protect her young sister an act that threatens to destroy the brilliant nursing career that lies before her. But then Anne meets an idealistic young surgeon who takes an interest in her, and although one of the oldest and most honored traditions of the medical profession is that the relationship between doctors and nurses remain strictly impersonal, doctors and nurses are, after all, human beings and sometimes that tradition breaks down.

The Valorous Years

The Valorous Years represents something of an event for fans of A. J. Cronin. Here, published for the first time in book form, is his poignant and moving story of a young man, Duncan Stirling, who, though his left arm is crippled by polio, is determined to become a world famous physician. Woven into Duncan’s life are three unforgettable women Margaret, whose charm and beauty cast a spell over him; Anna, a brilliant surgeon who wants to heal his useless arm; and Jean, the compassionate daughter of a kindly country doctor. With his keen understanding of the human condition, his deep moral conscience, and his extraordinary narrative skill, A. J. Cronin imbues The Valorous Years with all the qualities that have made his many other novels worldwide bestsellers.

The Keys of the Kingdom

Francis Chisholm is a compassionate and humble priest whose vocation emerged from a crucible of suffering. His parents were murdered in anti Catholic riots in Scotland, his guardians mistreat him, and his sweetheart commits suicide. He is sent to China where he establishes a flourishing Catholic mission amid desperate poverty, civil war, plague, and the hostility of his superiors. Recognized as A.J. Cronin’s best novel, The Keys of the Kingdom is a gripping and thoughtful tale of a man called to do good in an imperfect world.

Crusader’s Tomb

A.J. Cronin’s magnificent novel of an artist who gave up a birthright of wealth and high position and suffered poverty, scorn and the humiliation of a scandalous trial to create the most boldly original masterpieces of his time.

A Song of Sixpence

Laurence Carroll narrates the story of his life from his early childhood in the Scottish highlands to his graduation from medical school and the beginning of his practice of medicine.

Adventures In Two Worlds

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