[Occas. pseud John Pepper]; b. Belfast; journalist with the Belfast Telegraph,
in which he wrote a long-standing column on Ulster dialect; novels A
Man and a Half (1956), My Coat is Travel Stained (1957), The
Frightened One (1958). IF2
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A Man and a Half (London: Barker 1956); My Coat is Travel Stained
(London: Barker 1957); The Frightened One (London: Barker 1958).
Also [as John Pepper,] What a Thing to Say: Ulster dialect Humour (Blackstaff
1977); See Me, See her, Collection of Dialect Humour (Blackstaff
1978); A Quare Peg, Humour based on Ulster dialect (Blackstaff
1979); Catch Yourself On! Humorous Ulster dialect Sayings (Blackstaff
1980), all ill. Rowel Friers; also John Peppers Illustrated Encyclopedia
of Ulster Knowledge (Belfast: Appletree 1983); John Peppers
Ulster Phrasebook. (Belfast: Appletree 1982).
Desmond Clarke, Ireland in Fiction: A Guide to Irish Novels,
Tales, Romances and Folklore [Pt. 2] (Cork: Royal Carbery 1985), lists
novels A Man and a Half (London: Barker 1956) [thriller set in
Belfast], My Coat is Travel Stained (London: Barker 1957) [thriller
set in NY and Belfast], The Frightened One (London: Barker 1958)
[Belfast setting for psychological murder tale].
Loreto Todd, The Language of
Irish Literature (London: Macmillan 1989) notices him as John Pepper.