A. J. Cronin

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Cronin, A. J.

(Archibald Joseph Cronin) (krō`nĭn), 1896–1981, Scottish novelist. He gave up his prosperous London medical practice to devote himself to writing after the success of his first novel, Hatter's Castle (1931). His novels, written in a direct simple style, reflect both his religious beliefs as a Roman Catholic and his medical training. He is best known for The Citadel (1937), The Keys of the Kingdom (1941), The Green Years (1944), Shannon's Way (1948), and Pocketful of Rye (1969).
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1896: Novelist AJ Cronin, creator of Dr Finlay, was born in Cardross, Dunbartonshire.
Yes, I just devoured books as a child and AJ Cronin was my favourite.
Today a TV film crew turned the clock back almost one hundred years when they descended on Railway Street, Langley Park, to shoot scenes for a 13-part serial, The Stars Look Down, a story of Geordie pit folk based on the novel by AJ Cronin .
Brendon Ford, Glasgow A The series, based on stories by AJ Cronin, starred Bill Simpson as Dr Alan Finlay and Andrew Cruickshank as Dr Angus Cameron and ran from 1962-71.
In 1935, the novelist AJ Cronin based his novel The Stars Look Down on the Montagu pit disaster.
Based on the novels of Scots writer AJ Cronin, Dr Finlay was played by Bill Simpson from 1962 to 1971, a medic who treated the sick with couthy patter in the fictional Tannochbrae during the late 1920s.
Two years into the show, AJ Cronin withdrew his support for the programme because he believed it had strayed too far from his original concept.
If you can deal with the thought of Dirk Bogarde playing a Spaniard, chances are you'll love this enthralling melodrama based on an AJ Cronin novel.
Favourite book: Hatter's Castle, by AJ Cronin - a darkly brooding novel of respectability and pride with dire consequences and a wicked sense of humour.