Library bards

August beckons, and Tulkinghorn is considering his summer reading. As he wandered through the library at Tulkinghorn Towers, his eye chanced upon volumes by the following writers:

•Kester Cunningham John: evangelistic author of the interwar years, who converted to an extreme form of Catholicism.

bull;Herbert Smith: late Victorian realist, heavily influenced by Émile Zola and Arnold Bennett.

•Cameron McKenna: 1970s socialist poet, best known for his Lallans nursery rhymes.

Walker Morris: dust bowl Depression writer. Later a screenwriter in Hollywood and the man behind They Died With Their Winklepickers On.

Thomas Eggar: 18th century Augustan poet who lapsed into obscurity after he fell out with John Dryden, but Alexander Pope immortalised their quarrel in his Quatrains for the Earl of Derby.

Clifford Chance: creator of a louche, upper-crust detective whose exploits were later serialised in Radio 4’s Fenton Laidlaw Investigates.

Stephenson Harwood: populist northern novelist of the 1920s, whose At Minton Market was later filmed by Carol Reed.

August beckons, and Tulkinghorn is considering his summer reading. As he wandered through the library at Tulkinghorn Towers, his eye chanced upon volumes by the following writers:

•Kester Cunningham John: evangelistic author of the inter-war years, who converted to an extreme form of Catholicism.

•Herbert Smith: late Victorian realist, heavily influenced by Émile Zola and Arnold Bennett.

•Cameron McKenna: 1970s socialist poet, best known for his Lallans nursery rhymes.

•Irwin Mitchell: 1950s novelist best known for semi-pornographic scenes and fisticuffs with Norman Mailer; has also been linked with Marilyn Monroe.

Hugh James: post-war children’s writer specialising in pastoral adventure.

Charles Russell: minor poet, one of the Bloomsbury set.

Morgan Cole: won the Bardic chair at the 1965 Eisteddfod for his exquisite cynghanedd.

•Salans: short story writer of gnomic intensity.

•Howard Kennedy: contemporary London novelist who had a spectacular falling-out with publishers after failing four times to win the Booker.

•Martineau Johnson: Anglo-French Romantic epic poet; drowned at sea.

•Frere Cholmeley: contemporary of William Langland, but only fragments of his work remain.

Osborne Clarke: World War I poet; died of trenchfoot.

Fladgate Fielder: Halifax-born playwright who enjoyed early success in the 1950s and whose later experimental work was staged unsuccessfully by Joan Littlewood.