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Memorable Manitobans: Shaun Herron (1912-1989)

Journalist, author.

Born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, he studied at Queen’s University Belfast and at Princeton before fighting in the Spanish Civil War. He served as a United Church minister in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, in the 1950s and was an editorial writer for the Winnipeg Free Press from 1965 to 1976. In later years he wrote a number of novels, such as The Whore-Mother (1973) and Bird in Last Year’s Nest (1974), as well as a series of nine spy thrillers featuring a protagonist named only “Miro.” Miro won an award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1969. His thrillers were best-sellers (one sold 15,000 copies during the first month of publication in 1970) and won many awards. He died in Port Hope, Ontario.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 18 March 2008

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