Allan Massie


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Allan Massie (born 16 Oct 1938) is a Scottish journalist, columnist, sports writer and novelist.

Born in 1938 in Singapore, where his father was a rubber planter for Sime Darby, Massie spent his childhood in Aberdeenshire. He was educated at the private schools Drumtochty Castle preparatory school and Glenalmond College in Perthshire before going on to attend Trinity College, Cambridge ... more »

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  • ''Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war.''
    Allan Massie (b. 1938), British author. Colonel Fernie, in A Question of Loyalties, pt. 2, ch. 1 (1989).
  • ''We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible.''
    Allan Massie (b. 1938), British author. Etienne, in A Question of Loyalties, pt. 3, ch. 22 (1989).
  • ''Blunders are an inescapable feature of war, because choice in military affairs lies generally between the bad and the worse.''
    Allan Massie (b. 1938), British author. Marshal Pétain, in A Question of Loyalties, pt. 3, ch. 11 (1989).
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