Neil Gunn’s typewriter

Neil Gunn’s typewriter is now on display in Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Gunn and Josephine Tey were almost exact contemporaries, and in the 1930s lived near to each other in Inverness. My biography of Josephine Tey looks, for the first time, at the important literary relationship between Tey and Gunn.


Josephine Tey had terrible handwriting, and typed many of her letters, as well as her manuscripts. She nicknamed her typewriter ‘Brisena’, and her first detective novel “The Man in the Queue” is dedicated “To Brisena, who actually wrote it”.

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