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1954. Northern Mission
1966. Be Thou My Judge

About the Author:
At the time of publication, James Wood was heralded as a new Scottish writer and was 35 years old. He was educated at Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen and served in the army throughout World War II. He lived in Elgin, and had worked in the Highlands in many different jobs from precision engineer to farm labourer. He enjoyed wild-fowling, fishing and motor cycles. Prior to the publication, he was better known for his contributions to the sporting press

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Wood, James. 'Northern Mission', published in 1954 by Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd in hardback, 204pp. Click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon, which will include any listings we have
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  • Northern Mission [top]
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    First published in 1954 in Great Britain by Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd, 3 Henrietta Street, London, W.C.2; in hardback with dustjacket, 204pp
    Original UK retail price: 10s. 6d. net (10 shillings and sixpence)

Story: Colonel Findlay, retired after World War II, and hoping for a quiet life on his Lowlands farm, finds himself drawn again by his friends into a peace-time adventure much stranger than any he has known hitherto. Blar Geal, a new atomic reactor station under construction in the remote highlands of Scotland, is the target of a determined gang of international sabateurs, whose cunningly laid plans slowly gather momentum and result in a terrific midnight battle inside the atom station itself-the climax of the book-before they are finally checkmated

Wood, James. 'Be Thou My Judge', published in 1969 by Mayflower Books, 172pp, No ISBN. Condition: Good, but vintage with tanning to internal pages and the odd slight mark to the cover. Price: £3.99, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge
1969, Mayflower, pbk
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  • Be Thou My Judge [top]
    First published in 1966 in Great Britain by Hutchinson & Co. in hardback
    First published in 1969 in Great Britain by Mayflower Books in paperback, 172pp, No ISBN. Original retail prices: UK: 5/-(25p); Australia 80c; NZ: 75c; South Africa: 60c.

Storyline/synopsis: Lieutenant Daniel Marr, D. S. C., ex-navy, is serving a three-year sentence for having been found with a packet of heroin in his cabin on a cargo boat. His pleas of innocence were to no avail. When, after 11 months, he is 'sprung' from jail by people he doesn't know (including among them a beautiful girl), he is asked to help them in a dangerous project that will give him command of an ex-German gunboat. This is scarcely better than languishing in jail-but at least it gives him to prove his own innocence...

1966, Hutchinson, hbk

1969, Mayflower, pbk

 



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