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TitleMike Tomkies
HistoryMike Tomkies was born in 1928. He served with the Coldstream Guards in the Middle East before becoming a successful Fleet Street journalist, later freelancing in Paris, Madrid and Rome. He wrote two books about his favourite stars: 'The Big Man' about John Wayne and 'It Sure Beats Working', the Robert Mitchum story. He was a Hollywood columnist when, at the age of 38, he decided to travel to the Canadian wilds to study the grizzly bear and cougar.After moving to the island of Shona off the west coast of Scotland, he wrote 'Alone in the Wilderness' about his years in British Columbia, and later a book about his experiences on Shona entitled 'Between Earth and Paradise'. He then moved to an even more remote spot on the Scottish mainland, where he wrote two more books about Scottish wildcats, 'My Wilderness Wildcats' and 'Liane: A Cat from the Wild' as well as 'Golden Eagle Years'.Tomkies also wrote two further books, 'A Last Wild Place', perhaps the most famous of his writings, and 'Out of the Wild' which concern the whole cycle of nature in the region where he lived. In 1988 Mike Tomkies was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
DescriptionFamily photograph albums, 1916-1994; Typewritten diaries by Mike Tomkies, 1969-1995; Wildlife slides, 1973-1994; General correspondence files, collections of newspaper and magazine articles relating to wildlife, including some papers relating to Tomkies' life as a Hollywood journalist, c 1958-c 1995
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NA14788Tomkies; Mike (1928-); journalist, author and naturalist1928-
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