Person NameBlake; George (1893-1961); novelist
ActivityGeorge Blake (1893-1961), novelist, was born in Greenock on 28 October 1893 and studied law at the University of Glasgow. He was wounded at Gallipoli during the First World War and subsequently became a journalist. After working for the 'Glasgow Evening News' he moved to London and edited the 'John o' London's Weekly' and 'Strand Magazine'. In 1930 he became a director of Faber and Faber, publishers. In 1932 Faber and Faber incorporated the Porpoise Press, based in Edinburgh, and Blake returned to Scotland. Thereafter he lived in Helensburgh and Dollar except for a period working for the Ministry of Information in London during the Second World War. He died on 29 August 1961, having published numerous novels including 'The Shipbuilders' (1935) for which he is best remembered.
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