An award-winning author of ten novels, latterly published by William Heinemann Ltd, Alistair Mair was President of Scottish Pen from 1965 – 1970. The Alistair Mair Literary Estate is represented by Camilla Shestopal of Peters Fraser & Dunlop, to whom all enquiries should be addressed.
Born of mixed Highland and Lowland parentage and brought up in Ayrshire, Alistair Mair was educated at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh and studied medicine at Glasgow University. After graduation in 1947 he worked for a year in a Glasgow hospital and spent two years in the RAF. As a young man he enjoyed travelling, and said of his travels,
‘I generally travelled alone and always tried to live – as nearly as one can – as an ordinary person, trying to speak the language, however badly, and attempting to get to know the people and their way of life at a personal level. In this I succeeded best in Spain and, possibly for this reason, developed a deep affection and regard for the country, the people, their literature and their art.’
He married in 1952 and set up in general practice near Edinburgh. During the next ten years of unremitting work as a doctor he began to publish his first books and a son and daughter were born to the Mairs.
In 1962 he decided to make writing a full-time occupation and went with his family to live in an Argyllshire village on the west coast of Scotland. He had a deep and abiding affection for the Scottish Highlands and said at the time,
‘There is, in theory, time to read, time to write, time to lie in the sun if you feel like it. The mystery is that life has become even busier than before.’
Three of Alistair Mair’s out of print titles are due to be released by Bloomsbury’s digital imprint, Bloomsbury Reader, and by Audible Ltd as audio books. A full list of novels can be found on goodreads.
Alistair Mair is survived by his daughter and her two children.