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The House with the Green Shutters

Written by George Douglas Brown / Edited by Dorothy McMillan


90 in stock

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ISBN: 9781846975387
Published: 02 Apr 2020
Format: Paperback
Extent: 336
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Polygon , Polygon
Fiction / Classic fiction
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About the Book

The brutish John Gourlay is a merchant in the village of Barbie, envied and resented by the villagers because of his success, which is symbolised in his prestigious house with green shutters. He dominates and bullies his family, in particular his gifted, sensitive but weak son. 

Ultimately, his refusal to acknowledge the arrival of the railway and to adapt to the increasing industrialisation of Ayrshire precipitates murder, suicide and his family's tragic downfall.

The Author

George Douglas Brown

George Douglas Brown was born in 1869 in Ayrshire. The illegitimate son of a local farmer, he was raised by his mother. He gained a bursary to the University of Glasgow and later a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford. After his mother's death, Brown moved to London and began a career in journalism. He contributed to a variety of journals and, in the autumn of 1900, began writing The House With the Green Shutters, which was favourably recieved and compared to Balzac and Stevenson. Aged only 33, he died of pneaumonia in 1902.