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Gordon McShean

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Palmerston North, New Zealand


I grew up in Scotland, becoming involved in radical Scottish nationalist activities. My actions then - and at various other times throughout my life - were tempered by a chronic heart condition (I wrote my first book OPERATION NEW ZEALAND about this). I escaped potential arrest in the UK by taking work with the US Army in Germany, then moved to the US to obtain academic qualifications at USC and USF. I got an appointment at Stanford, married a lovely Japanese American, and we supported anti-war and anti-censorship causes in the '60s and '70s. When we moved to Roswell New Mexico, we were run out of town as "un-American" (I wrote the book RUNNING A MESSAGE PARLOR about this). In my spare time I wrote and illustrated a children's book, MR CHILLHEAD. I'm now semi-retired (having married for a 2nd time, establishing a family), living in New Zealand. My new book RETIRED TERRORIST (about my Scottish experiences, my exile and continued involvement in the Scottish independence movement) has now - April 2010 - been published using I anticipate some controversy, as the book identifies individuals involved in extremist actions to further Scottish independence(and constitutes my own confession).

Interests: Civil liberties; medical ethics; Scottish matters; simplified spelling.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • Mr Chillhead
  • Nonfiction

  • Operation New Zealand: My Search for a New Heart
  • Bum Ticker: A Hearty Traveler's Tale
  • Running a Message Parlor - A Librarian's Medium-rare Memoir about Censorship