Brian Burland was the first Bermudian to leave his mark on the literary world as a novelist. He was the author of eight novels that were praised on both sides of the Atlantic and a much-loved children's book St. Nicholas and the Tub.
Bermuda almost always figured his novels, which occasionally ruffled feathers locally. His novels dealt with war—which he opposed—colonialism, family strife and race.
The language was salty, the Bermudian dialect pitch perfect, and the sex scenes explicit. He won admiration and respect for his honest portrayal of a segregated Bermuda.
During the years he was most active as writer, Burland lived outside Bermuda, mainly in Essex, Connecticut. His accomplishments were largely unrecognized in Bermuda, although that began to change in his later years.
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