Alistair MacLean

1922 - 1987

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Alistair Stuart MacLean (Scottish Gaelic: Alasdair MacGill-Eain; 21 April 1922 – 2 February 1987) was a Scottish novelist who wrote popular thrillers and adventure stories. Many of his novels have been adapted to film, most notably The Guns of Navarone (1957) and Ice Station Zebra (1963). In the late 1960s, encouraged by film producer Elliott Kastner, MacLean began to write original screenplays, concurrently with an accompanying novel. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alistair MacLean has received more than 1,235,153 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Alistair MacLean is the 1,575th most popular writer (down from 1,567th in 2019), the 1,215th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,258th in 2019) and the 138th most popular British Writer.

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Notable Works

South by Java Head
The guns of Navarone
The dark crusader
H.M.S. Ulysses
World War, 1939-1945
British light cruiser on the sea road to Murmansk during the World War.
Ice Station Zebra
Large type books
Bear Island


Among writers, Alistair MacLean ranks 1,575 out of 7,302Before him are Jonas Lie, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Sister Nivedita, Gustav Landauer, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and Ahmad ibn Mājid. After him are Eino Leino, Ruth Rendell, Jean Chapelain, Alasdair Gray, Dean Koontz, and Langston Hughes.

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Among people born in 1922, Alistair MacLean ranks 99Before him are Yvonne De Carlo, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Salvatore Giuliano, Sven Nykvist, Jonas Mekas, and Michael Cacoyannis. After him are Gianna Beretta Molla, José Froilán González, Shigeru Mizuki, Carl Reiner, Egon Bahr, and Ferenc Deák. Among people deceased in 1987, Alistair MacLean ranks 53Before him are Anthony de Mello, Kishore Kumar, Bob Fosse, Rouben Mamoulian, Camille Chamoun, and Eugen Jochum. After him are Seyni Kountché, Yakov Zeldovich, Gordon Gollob, Charan Singh, Federico Mompou, and Gretl Braun.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Alistair MacLean ranks 1,215 out of 8,785Before him are Sister Nivedita (1867), John Toshack (1949), Smithson Tennant (1761), Robert Shaw (1927), Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (1763), and Richard of Conisburgh, 3rd Earl of Cambridge (1375). After him are Ruth Rendell (1930), Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Wiltshire (1480), Henry Thomas Buckle (1821), David Thewlis (1963), Alasdair Gray (1934), and Charles Algernon Parsons (1854).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Alistair MacLean ranks 138Before him are Lord Alfred Douglas (1870), Evelyn Waugh (1903), John Gay (1685), Michael Moorcock (1939), Hugh Lofting (1886), and Sister Nivedita (1867). After him are Ruth Rendell (1930), Alasdair Gray (1934), Robert Faurisson (1929), A. S. Byatt (1936), Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837), and Joseph Needham (1900).