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Daniel Marcus (Dan) Davin (1 September 1913 — 28 September 1990) was an author who wrote about New Zealand, although for most of his career he was in Oxford, England with the Oxford University Press.

He was born in Southland, New Zealand, into an Irish Catholic family in (largely Scottish Presbyterian) Invercargill, and was educated at local Catholic primary and secondary schools. He won a scholarship for a final school year at Sacred Heart College in Auckland, then a university scholarship to the University of Otago. In 1934 he received First Class Honours in English, and in 1935 a Dip. MA Single Honours in Latin. Two of his novels, Cliffs of Fall (1945) and Not Here, Not Now (1970) are set in Otago University, though Bertram says they are "among his least satisfactory works."

Winning a Rhodes Scholarship in 1935, he studied at Balliol College Oxford (BA, 1st class 1939, MA 1945). He served as an Intelligence Officer in the New Zealand Division in the Middle East in WWII, being evacuated from Greece and wounded on Crete. He was mentioned in Despatches three times and awarded an MBE (Mil). Writing the official war history Crete took most of his spare time from 1946 to 1953.

He was with the Clarendon Press, Oxford (England) 1945-78, then Assistant Secretary to the Delegates of Oxford University Press 1948-70, and Deputy Secretary to the Delegates 1970-78. He was a fellow of Balliol College 1920-78, then an emeritius fellow. He died in Oxford, where he had been "a heroic drinker in the college buttery and a chosen string of Oxford pubs" (Bertram).

Post-war he took part in a BBC Radio discussion on the Battle of Monte Cassino with the former German commander Frido von Senger, who had also been a Rhodes Scholar, and Desmond (Paddy) Costello, who like Davin had been in Freyberg’s Intelligence team.

The themes of his earliest fiction were growing up in the poor Irish Catholic family of Mick Connolly in Southland; in short stories which include Saturday Night, Late Snow, The Apostate, The Basket, The Vigil, and The Milk Round. Subsequently he wrote of 'New Zealanders at war, post-war tensions, exile and return'.

He married (1939) Winifred Gonley, also from Southland, and they had three daughters. Dan and Winifred co-authored a publication for schools by the Department of Education School Publications Branch Writing in New Zealand: The New Zealand Novel (1956, Parts 1 & 2). They were friends with Joyce Cary.

In 1987 he was awarded the OBE, and in 1984 a D.Litt. from Otago University.

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Total Books: 17
Closing Times
2010 - Closing Times (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780571268986
ISBN-10: 0571268986
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The Killing Bottle Classic English Short Stories
1988 - The Killing Bottle Classic English Short Stories [Classic English Short Stories, Vol 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780192821492
ISBN-10: 0192821490
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The Salamander and the Fire
1987 - The Salamander and the Fire [Oxford Paperbacks] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780195581478
ISBN-10: 0195581474
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Night Attack Short Stories from the Second World War
1984 - Night Attack Short Stories From the Second World War (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780192814753
ISBN-10: 0192814753
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1977 - Roads From Home [New Zealand Fiction] (Paperback)Hardcover
Breathing Spaces
1975 - Breathing Spaces (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780709148180
ISBN-10: 0709148186
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Brides of Price
1972 - Brides of Price (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780709129028
ISBN-10: 0709129025
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Not Here Not Now
1970 - Not Here Not Now (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780709108221
ISBN-10: 0709108222
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Closing Times
Closing Times
Closing Times (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195581386
ISBN-10: 0195581385
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Roads from home
Roads From Home [New Zealand fiction] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780196479484
ISBN-10: 0196479487
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Selected Stories [New Zealand stories] (Paperback)Paperback
Snow Upon Fire - A Dance to The Music of Time Anthony Powell
Snow Upon Fire - a Dance to the Music of Time Anthony Powell [W.D.Thomas Memorial Lecture] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780860760078
ISBN-10: 0860760073
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Crete [Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War, 1939-45] (Other)
The Gorse Blooms Pale Dan Davin's Southland Stories
The Gorse Blooms Pale Dan Davin's Southland Stories (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781877372421
ISBN-10: 1877372420
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