For all the brilliance and the awards that Maclean had been heaped with he didn’t have a very romantic notion about writing nor about his own ability. MacLean himself had a very clear concept of his work: “I’m not a novelist, I’m a storyteller. There is no art in what I do, no mystique.” Many of his books have been made into movies. His success with movies was so high that in his later years he became less of a novelist and move of a script writer. MacLean once stated in an interview: “I’m not a born writer, and I don’t enjoy writing. I wrote each book in thirty-five days flat – just to get the darned thing finished.”
Source: Books and Writers
The Guns of Navarone was written by Alistair MacLean. It was published in 1957.