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A. J. Cronin

(1896—1981) novelist

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practised as a doctor for some years before devoting himself to an extremely successful career as a middle‐brow novelist. His best‐known novels (e.g. The Stars Look Down, 1935; The Citadel, 1937) combine in their subject‐matter the appeal of medicine and of mining, reflecting his own early experiences as a doctor in South Wales.

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