Alistair MacLean (1922-1987)

Death: 2nd February 1987
Location: Vieux Cemetery, Céligny, Geneve, Switzerland
Cause of death: Stroke
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Scottish author of thrillers and adventure stories. His works include The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra and Where Eagles Dare; all three of which were made into popular films. McLean began writing short stories whilst at University for extra income. He was asked by a publishing company for a novel and he responded with HMS Ulysses, based on his own war experiences. The novel was a great success and MacLean was soon able to devote himself entirely to writing war stories, spy stories and other adventures. MacLean's books eventually sold so well that he moved to Switzerland as a tax exile.