Andrew Soutar


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(1879–1941) published more than fifty novels between 1909 and 1940. He early established a large following for his serials in the important American periodical market. His fiction includes Broken Ladders (1912), a political novel about an upper-class woman who is gradually broken by her husband, an unscrupulous Labour politician; and Magpie House (1913). In later years Soutar wrote many filmscripts. My Sporting Life (1934) is a series of memories of boxing, racing, golf, and other sports in the Far East, Europe, and America. He states there that he was brought up among racing people and fought in Russia in 1919. It is a fallacy, he says in a preface, that being a novelist necessarily involves ‘long hair, musing and dreaming’: ‘I have found greater joy in conversation with a professional pugilist or jockey or footballer than with self-styled “intellectualist” politician or idealist.’

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

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