Eric Linklater Books In Order


  1. Poet’s Pub (1929)
  2. White Maa’s Saga (1929)
  3. Juan in America (1931)
  4. The Men of Ness (1932)
  5. Magnus Merriman (1934)
  6. Juan in China (1937)
  7. The Sailor’s Holiday (1937)
  8. The Impregnable Women (1938)
  9. The Wind on the Moon (1944)
  10. Private Angelo (1946)
  11. The Pirates in the Deep Green Sea (1949)
  12. A Spell for Old Bones (1949)
  13. Mr. Byculla (1950)
  14. Laxdale Hall (1951)
  15. The House of Gair (1953)
  16. The Dark of Summer (1956)
  17. Position At Noon (1958)
  18. Merry Muse (1959)
  19. Ripeness is all (1962)
  20. Prince in the Heather (1965)
  21. Man Over Forty (1966)
  22. A Terrible Freedom (1966)
  23. Survival of Scotland (1968)
  24. Secret Larder (1969)
  25. Gather No Moss (1970)
  26. John Moore’s England (1970)
  27. Royal House of Scotland (1970)
  28. Corpse On Clapham Common (1971)
  29. Ben Jonson and King James (1972)
  30. Voyage of the Challenger (1972)


  1. Sealskin Trousers (1947)
  2. A Sociable Plover (1957)
  3. The Stories of Eric Linklater (1968)
  4. The Goose Girl (1991)


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Non fiction

  1. The Campaign in Italy (1951)
  2. Mary, Queen of Scots (1952)
  3. Fatal Fascination (1964)
  4. Orkney and Shetland (1965)
  5. The Conquest of England (1966)
  6. Fanfare for a Tin Hat (1970)
  7. Black Watch (1977)

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Eric Linklater Books Overview

Juan in America

Set in the year before the Wall Street crash, this book is a classic evocation of the final mania of prohibition, as seen through equally maverick British eyes. The character Eric Linklater devised to be his unreliable explorer was one capable of absorbing the enormity of the American experience without being overwhelmed by its incongruities. A blithe, bast*ard descendent of Byron’s Don Juan, Linklater’s Juan is an antihero with a taste for the grotesque and the ridiculous, at once both dirty and deity whose response when faced either with sudden catastrophe or miraculous survival is simply to laugh. A novel in the mode of the picaresque, this is a story of erotic discovery in the sense, as Juan puts it, that ‘your trousers hide not only your nakedness but your kinship to the clown.’

The Wind on the Moon

Winner of the Carnegie MedalIn the English village of Midmeddlecum, Major Palfrey asks his two daughters to behave themselves while he is off at war. Sighs Dinah, ‘I think that we are quite likely to be bad, however hard we try not to be,’ and her sister Dorinda adds helpfully, ‘Very often, when we think we are behaving well, some grown up person says we are really quite bad. It’s difficult to tell which is which.’ Sure enough, the mischievous sisters soon convince a judge that minds must be changed as often as socks, stage an escape from the local zoo thanks to a witch’s potion which turns them into kangaroos, and in the company of a golden puma and silver falcon set off to rescue their father from the tyrant of Bombardy. A tale of hilarity and great adventure, The Wind on the Moon is also a work of high seriousness; after all, ‘life without freedom,’ as the valiant puma makes clear, ‘is a poor, poor thing.’

Private Angelo

Angelo, a private in Mussolini’s army, may possess the virtues of love and an engaging innocence, but he lacks the gift of courage. However, due to circumstances beyond his control, he ends up fighting not only for Italy, but also for the British and German armies.

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