A short biography of Stewart Binnie


Stewart's first novel, Across The Water, was published by Secker & Warburg and is now available in a new and updated version. Call to Arms is the story of a Quaker family in the Great War for whom the introduction of conscription in January 1916 is the beginning of a struggle to reconcile its personal convictions with its obligations to King and Country. Strange Behaviour is a psychological thriller in spired by a true story and by his witnessing as a child the behaviour of a close relative in the grip of an obsessive illness.

Stewart Binnie's professional life began in publishing, and included appointments as an Editor in the College department of McGraw Hill, Group Sales Director of WHS Distributors, and five years as the managing director of Hatchards, during which time that business grew from a single store in Piccadilly to a chain of thirty branches.

The growth of Hatchards led to career in private equity, initially at Schroder Ventures and Schroders, and thereafter to the leadership of a succession of private equity-backed businesses. They included ten years as Chairman of Aurora Fashions, the holding company of brands such as Oasis, Warehouse, Karen Millen and Coast, and as the Chairman of other retail businesses. His final appointment was that of Executive Chairman of Jaeger. His private equity activities have also included periods as Chairman of Helicon Publishing Group and a director of Cassell plc.

Stewart was a director of the Edinburgh International Festival for six years and was on the board of the Traverse Theatre, Scotland’s leading new writing theatre, for four years and was also Chairman of the Finance Committee of Kingston University.

Stewart now writes for publication on a full-time basis and is a frequent speaker about Call to Arms, the Great War and the issues of conscience resulting from the Military Service Act of 1916.