MacKenzie's last few years were given a bit short shrift compared to all the time spent on the early years, but maybe the early years were just more interesting? He came from a fascinating family whose portraiture here certainly added to the book. MacKenzie was a multifaceted person and best known to me as the author of Whiskey Galore (aka Tight Little Island) and it was fun to read about that (and see which people he immortalized in the story). He apparently put most people he knew in one novel or the other, making the novels must-reads for his friends and enemies. As a writer who survived World War One (he served as the head of British Intelligence in Greece), he had to change his art as the world had changed. He succeeded with his mysteries and comic novels but not so much with his more serious work.