Guthrie Wilson’s first novel was an international best seller. Based on his experiences as an infantry officer in World War II, Brave Company (1951) was the most successful of Wilson’s eight published novels. Reviewed in Time Magazine, it sold over 100,000 copies and established Wilson’s standing as author of New Zealand’s finest war novel.

Guthrie Edward Melville Wilson, born in Palmerston North, New Zealand, on 8th November 1914, was the second of the three sons of Nellie May (née Stallard) and George Guthrie Wilson. Descended from Irish bush farmers, George Wilson was a commercial traveller, and later, partner in a seed and grain merchant business. Nellie came from what classed as “landed gentry” in the province.

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Citation: Millen, Julia . "Guthrie Wilson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 December 2016 [, accessed 06 December 2023.]

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