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Harry Hodgkinson (writer)

Harry Hodgkinson
Born(1913-03-15)15 March 1913
Kirkham, Lancashire
Died2 October 1994(1994-10-02) (aged 81)
Occupationa writer, journalist and naval intelligence officer
Known forChairman of the Anglo-Albanian Association

Harry Hodgkinson (15 March 1913 – 2 October 1994), born Kirkham, Lancashire, was a British writer, journalist, naval intelligence officer and expert on the Balkans.

From the age of 16, he started writing for the Blackpool Times, Yorkshire Observer and Bradford Telegraph. In 1936 he walked from Charing Cross to Jerusalem and published stories from his travels in Christian Science Monitor, The Times and The Guardian. He was employed by Naval Intelligence at the Admiralty and worked under Ian Fleming, in charge of Albania and Yugoslavia. After the war he was adviser to the Director of Naval Intelligence regarding the Soviet satellite states. In 1954 he published Adriatic Sea, and in 1955 Tito between East and West. He was in correspondence with Edith Durham for many years and received some sixty letters from her. He was appointed from 1985 to be a chairman of the Anglo-Albanian Association.[1]

During his career he supported the Albanian cause and took up strong anti-Serb and anti-Bulgarian positions.[2] He left many unpublished manuscripts about the Balkans.


  • West and East of Tito, Gollancz (1952)
  • The Adriatic Sea, Macmillan (1956)
  • Scanderbeg, The Centre for Albanian Studies/Learning Design; foreword by David Abulafia (1999), ISBN 978-1-873928-13-4


  1. ^ "Harry Hodgkinson". United Kingdom: Macmillan. 2008. Archived from the original on 3 July 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. Harry Hodgkinson (1913–1994) was a writer, journalist, naval intelligence officer, Balkan expert and from 1985 Chairman of the Anglo-Albanian Association.
  2. ^ James Pettifer (2008). "Obituary: Harry Hodgkinson". London, United Kingdom: The Independent. Retrieved 27 November 2010. throughout his life he fought for the Albanian cause and took up strong anti-Serb and anti-Bulgarian positions

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