“There can be no doubt of the force and freshness of most of the book, of the fine literary quality of some of the chapters, and of the interest of the whole. . . . There is too many a burst of beautiful English.” – Mr. Israel Zangwill, in “Ariel”
“Originally the Diary was published anonymously, when it attracted so much attention that dishonest claims were put in to the authorship, and one man, by representing himself as the author, induced a firm of publishers to advance money upon a book of his. His work was in the press and approaching completion before the fraud was discovered, when the entire edition was suppressed. The name of the author, Mr. Coulson Kernahan, which was disclosed in the columns of the Athenaeum, will appear for the first time on the title-page of the Fourth Edition. Like Mr. Jerome and Mr. J. M. Barrie, Mr. Kernahan is a protege of Mr. F. W. Robinson, the novelist.” – The Times.
“John Coulson Kernahan was born in Ilfracombe, Devon to Rev. James Kernahan, M.A., F.G.S., and his wife Comfort…Kernahan was educated privately by his father and at St Albans School. James had intended for young Coulson to enter the church, but his son’s ‘intentions were towards literature.’…Most of Kernahan’s books and works received positive reviews and recognition.”