D. K. Broster

Novelist, Author

1877 – 1950


Who was D. K. Broster?

Dorothy Kathleen Broster, usually known as D.K. Broster, was a British novelist and short-story writer, born in Garston, Liverpool at Devon Lodge, which lies in Grassendale Park on the banks of the River Mersey. Educated at Cheltenham Ladies' College and St Hilda's College, Oxford, she served as a Red Cross nurse during World War I with a voluntary Franco-American hospital.

Following the war she returned to Oxford where she worked as a secretary to the Regius Professor of History and senior civil servants. She produced her best-seller, The Flight of the Heron, in 1925, and followed it up with two successful sequels, The Gleam in the North and The Dark Mile. She wrote several other historical novels, successful and much reprinted in their day, although this Jacobite Trilogy, featuring the dashing hero Ewen Cameron, remain the best known. The Flight of the Heron has been made into a TV serial twice: by Scottish Television in eight episodes in 1968, and by the BBC in 1976.

Her short horror story, "Couching at the Door", has appeared in many anthologies.

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Sep 2, 1877
Garston, Merseyside
Also known as
  • Dorothy Kathleen Broster
  • England
  • St Hilda's College, Oxford
Lived in
  • Liverpool
Feb 7, 1950

on July 23, 2013


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