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Robin Jenkins (11 September 1912 - 24 February 2005) was a Scottish writer of about thirty novels, the most celebrated being The Cone Gatherers.

Robin Jenkins was born John Robin Jenkins in 1912; his father died when John was only seven years old and he and his three siblings were brought up by his mother in straitened circumstances. After winning a bursary, he attended Hamilton Academy, SE of Glasgow. He subsequently studied Literature at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 1936. During the Second World War, he registered as a conscientious objector and was sent to work in forestry (a theme that would re-appear in The Cone-Gatherers). Upon the release of his first novel, So Gaily Sings the Lark in 1951, he shortened his writing name to 'Robin Jenkins'.

In the early years of his writing career, Jenkins worked as an English and History teacher. In the 1950s, he taught at Riverside Senior Secondary in Glasgow's East End and later moved with his family to Dunoon where he taught at the prestigious Dunoon Grammar School. He also spent four formative years at the Gaya School in Sabah, Borneo, living there with his wife May and their children. Before that, he had held British Council teaching posts in both Kabul and Barcelona.

His best-known novel, The Cone Gatherers, is based upon his forestry work as a conscientious objector and is often studied in Scottish schools. While The Cone Gatherers has been criticised as being devoid of any real sense of place, other novels such as The Thistle and the Grail, his 1954 football story, paint vivid pictures of more accessible settings. His writing typically touches on many themes, including morality, the struggle between good and evil, war, class and social justice. Just Duffy is another of his novels which focuses on such themes, in a style which has been compared to that of the earlier Scottish writer, James Hogg.
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Total Books: 71
The Changeling
2008 - The Changeling (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781847672384
ISBN-10: 1847672388
Genre: Literature & Fiction

A Century of Leicester
2007 - A Century of Leicester [Century of North of England] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750949187
ISBN-10: 075094918X

The Cone Gatherers A Haunting Story of Violence and Love
2007 - The Cone Gatherers a Haunting Story of VIolence and Love [Canongate Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781841959894
ISBN-10: 1841959898
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Pearl-fishers
2007 - The Pearl-fishers (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781846970061
ISBN-10: 1846970067
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Poverty Castle
2007 - Poverty Castle (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781846970153
ISBN-10: 1846970156
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2007 - Leila (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781846970160
ISBN-10: 1846970164
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Sardana Dancers
2006 - The Sardana Dancers (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781904598886
ISBN-10: 1904598889
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Dust on the Paw
2006 - Dust on the Paw (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781904598848
ISBN-10: 1904598846

The Missionaries
2006 - The Missionaries (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781904598596
ISBN-10: 1904598595
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles

Thistle and the Grail
2006 - Thistle and the Grail (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781904598763
ISBN-10: 1904598765

A Very Scotch Affair
2005 - A Very Scotch Affair (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781904598442
ISBN-10: 1904598447
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Some Kind Of Grace
2005 - Some Kind of Grace (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781904598190
ISBN-10: 1904598196
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

The Cone-gatherers
2004 - The Cone-gatherers [Canongate Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781841955933
ISBN-10: 1841955930

Lady Magdalen
2004 - Lady Magdalen (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781841954929
ISBN-10: 1841954926
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Childish Things
2001 - Childish Things (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781841951225
ISBN-10: 1841951226
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2001 - Leicestershire at Work in Old Photographs [Britain in Old Photographs] (Paperback)
Poor Angus
2001 - Poor Angus (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781841951249
ISBN-10: 1841951242
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Matthew and Sheila
1997 - Matthew and Sheila (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780748662395
ISBN-10: 0748662391
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Willie Hogg
1997 - Willie Hogg (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780748661527
ISBN-10: 0748661522
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Lunderston Tales
1996 - Lunderston Tales (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780748662210
ISBN-10: 0748662219
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Awakening of George Darroch
1995 - The Awakening of George Darroch (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781873631522
ISBN-10: 1873631529

A Would-be Saint
1994 - A Would-be Saint (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781873631478
ISBN-10: 1873631472

So Gaily Sings the Lark [Portway reprints] (Hardcover)
Happy for the Child [Portway Reprints] (Hardcover)Paperback