Maurice Wiggin

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Maurice Wiggin
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Born1912
Bloxwich, England
Died1986(1986-00-00) (aged 73–74)
Herefordshire, England
Alma materQueen Mary's Grammar School
University of Oxford
OccupationEnglish journalist
Memoirist
Known forJournalism and memoir
FamilyJames Wiggin (paternal grandfather)

Maurice Samuel Wiggin (1912 – 1986) was an English journalist and memoirist. As a journalist, he worked on a wide variety of titles, including the Birmingham Gazette and the Sunday Times. His books include memoirs (with a particular focus on his Black Country upbringing), fishing guides, and contemplations of country life.

Life

Wiggin was born in Bloxwich in 1912. His paternal grandfather, James Wiggin, was the co-founder of J & J Wiggin Ltd., a manufacturer of metal parts for the saddlery industry and Old Hall branded stainless steel tableware.[1] & [2]

Wiggin attended Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall, and received a Third class degree from The University of Oxford. His career as a journalist began at the Birmingham Evening Despatch. At the age of 26, he was appointed editor of the Birmingham Gazette, and later moved to London where he worked as the literary editor of the Daily Express. During World War II, he joined the Royal Air Force, trained as an aircraft fitter at MOD St Athan, and took part in the Normandy landings.[3]

After the war, Wiggin resumed his career in journalism. As a features editor on the Evening Standard, he commissioned essays from George Orwell, including The Moon Under Water.[4] For the Sunday Times, he was an angling correspondent and an influential television critic of long standing. In 1969, Wiggin appeared on a BBC television programme called Colourful One, where he discussed what viewers might expect from the launch of the first British colour television transmissions.[5]

His books reflected his lifelong interests in working class life, country pursuits, motoring, and literature. Life with Badger, tales of an obese pet cat, was a collection of sketches that originally appeared in the Sunday Graphic.[6] Both Life with Badger and The Memoirs of a Maverick were serialised by BBC Radio 4.[7] & [8]

Henry Williamson, author and fellow country pursuits enthusiast, who Wiggin championed, dedicated the novel The Power of The Dead (1963) to him.[9]

Wiggin retired to Herefordshire and died there in 1986.[10]

Books

  • My Court Casebook (1948)
  • The Passionate Angler (1951)
  • Fishing For Beginners (1953)
  • Teach Yourself Fly Fishing (1958)
  • In Spite of The Price of Hay (1953)
  • Troubled Waters (1960)
  • My Life On Wheels (1963)
  • The Memoirs of a Maverick (1968)
  • Life with Badger (1967)
  • Cottage Idyll (1969)
  • Sea Fishing For Beginners (1970)
  • Faces At The Window (1972)
  • The Angler's Bedside Book (1965) (editor)

External links

References

  1. "Maurice Wiggin | Medlar Press - Fishing Books". www.medlarpress.com. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  2. "J. and J. Wiggin - Graces Guide". www.gracesguide.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  3. Wiggin, Maurice (1968). The Memoirs of a Maverick. London: Nelson.
  4. "An Antidote to Indifference: issue 11 | Caught by the River | Caught by the River". www.caughtbytheriver.net. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  5. "Colour television on BBC One". www.bbc.com. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  6. "Sign In to The Times & The Sunday Times". account.thetimes.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  7. "BBC Radio 4 FM - 8 January 1969 - BBC Genome".
  8. "genome Radio 4 FM - 8 January 1969 - Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  9. https://www.henrywilliamson.co.uk/bibliography/a-lifes-work/the-power-of-the-dead Retrieved 11/03/2020
  10. "Maurice Wiggin | Medlar Press - Fishing Books". www.medlarpress.com. Retrieved 2020-03-11.

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