Guy McCrone

Guy Fulton McCrone
Born (1898-09-13)13 September 1898
Birkenhead, England
Died 30 May 1977(1977-05-30) (aged 78)
Nationality Scottish
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge
Occupation Author
Known for Founding member of the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre

Guy Fulton McCrone (13 September 1898  30 May 1977) was a Scottish author active from the late 1930s onwards. He was born in Birkenhead to Scottish parents. After the family returned to their native Glasgow, McCrone was educated at The Glasgow Academy, then went on to read for a degree in Modern Languages at Pembroke College, Cambridge, after which he travelled to Vienna, where he studied singing. Returning to Scotland, he organised the first British performance of Berlioz's Les Troyens and was a founding member of the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre,[1] together with his cousin, the playwright Osborne Henry Mavor.[1]

Glasgow provided the setting for many of his novels, including the most widely read, Antimacassar City, The Philistines and The Puritans, begun in 1940 and which were later published as Wax Fruit: the Story of the Moorhouse Family in 1947,[2] It eventually sold one million copies.[1] These were two sequels, Aunt Bel (1949) and The Hayburn Family (1952).

During World War II, he was an air raid warden.[1]

McCrone retired to the Lake District in 1968, where he died at Windermere on 30 May 1977.

In October 2012, Antimacassar City was dramatised in ten parts by Clara Glynn for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, starring Natasha Watson, Ian Brennan, Juliet Cadzow and Robin Laing.[3][4]



  1. 1 2 3 4 Burgess, Moira. "McCrone, Guy Fulton (1898–1977)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  2. McCrone, Guy (2012). Wax Fruit. Edinburgh: Black & White Publishing. ISBN 9781845024178.
  3. "15 Minute Drama, Wax Fruit: Antimacassar City". BBC. Retrieved 2012-11-22.
  4. "Wax Fruit: Antimacassar City Radio". The Herald. 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2012-11-22 via HighBeam. (subscription required (help)).
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