Catherine Macphail


Catherine MacPhail shot to success when her first novel Run, Zan, Run won the Kathleen Fidler Award for new Scottish fiction. Catherine has quickly established a reputation as a writer of gritty, urban stories that tackle emotive contemporary issues but always work towards a positive solution.

Born: Greenock, January 25th 1946
Jobs: Assembling computers for IBM, housewife
Lives: Greenock
First Book for young people: Run Zan Run, 1994

Catherine MacPhail always wanted to be a writer, but "I didn't think wee lassies like me could do things like that. It was only after my children were born that I started going to the local Writers' Club. There I was given the confidence and encouragement to start sending my stories away." The first work she had published was a “twist-in-the-tale” story in Titbits magazine, followed by a story in The Sunday Post. After winning a romantic story competition in...


Published by Puffin

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  • Tribes
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Apr 26 2001
  • 8 - 12 years

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