Anstruther, Ian 1922-

views updated


PERSONAL: Born May 11, 1922, in England; son of Douglas (in business) and Enid (a painter; maiden name, Campbell) Anstruther; married Susan Paten (an architect), November, 1963; children: Sebastian, Toby, Rachel, Harriet, Eleanor. Ethnicity: "Scottish-white." Education: Attended New College, Oxford.

ADDRESSES: Home—Barlavington, Petworth, Sussex, England; fax: 01798 869401. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: Worked for British Diplomatic Service, London, 1944-49; farmer and writer, 1949—. Military service: British Army, Signals Corps, 1939-44; served in European theater; became captain.

MEMBER: Society of Antiquaries of London (fellow).


"I Presume": A Study of H. M. Stanley, Geoffrey Bles (London, England), 1956, published as "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume," Dutton (New York, NY), 1957.

The Knight and the Umbrella (Book Society selection), Geoffrey Bles (London, England), 1963.

The Scandal of the Andover Workhouse, Geoffrey Bles (London, England), 1973.

Oscar Browning: A Biography, John Murray (London, England), 1983.

Coventry Patmore's Angel, Haggerston Press (London, England), 1992.

(With Patricia Aske) The Angel in the House (collated edition), Haggerston Press (London, England), 1997.

Dean Farrar and "Eric:" A Study of "Eric, or Little by Little" and Its Author, Dean Farrar, together with the Complete Text of the Book, Haggerston Press (London, England), 2002.

SIDELIGHTS: Ian Anstruther once told CA: "In 1950 I inherited enough money to be able to retire from the Diplomatic Service. I bought a farm, which I run; at the same time, and every day, I work on my current book. My background is a literary one, the most successful member of the family since the war being the late Jan Struther (who wrote Mrs. Miniver). So it was natural for me to take to literature when I had the opportunity, and it was natural for me to live in the country, having been brought up in Scotland, in Argyll, and being of a rather solitary nature."



Times Literary Supplement, November 25, 1983.*