Hear about life of Lassie Come Home author

The remarkable life of the Yorkshire-born author of Lassie Come Home will be the subject of a presentation at Filey library.

Eric Knight with dog

Malton-born Greg Christie will speak about the life of Eric Knight. Knight is now known only for being the author of the original Lassie Come Home novel, the rest of his extraordinary life and works having been forgotten.

Yorkshireman Knight was born into relative affluence but descended into poverty after being abandoned as a child. As an adult, he emigrated to America to become a successful writer of mainly Yorkshire-themed works. Among his many literary achievements was his early contribution of Yorkshire hero Sam Small to the superhero genre, long before Batman and Superman.

After finding fame in America, when war broke out he returned to the UK attached to the US Office of Strategic Services. Widely believed to be operating as a spy, he died in a mysterious plane crash in 1943.

Greg has written Knight: Yorkshireman, Storyteller, Spy, an entertaining account of the many-faceted Eric Knight and the twists and turns of his life.Greg studied writing in York and won a Churchill Fellowship to the US where he lectured on Knight, before unexpectedly losing his sight.

Copies of Knight: Yorkshireman, Storyteller, Spy and Lassie Come Home are available to borrow at Filey library. Those interested in the life of Eric Knight can find out more online using their library card to access the Dictionary of National Biography free on the North Yorkshire Libraries website.

Knight: Yorkshireman, Storyteller, Spy is at 6pm on 27 September at Filey library. Tickets cost £2. To book, contact Filey library on 01609 536608 or at filey.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

This story was published 31 August 2018