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The Thirty-Nine Steps
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ISBN:
9781846971983
Categories
Fiction, Fiction, John Buchan Classics
Imprint
Polygon
Publication Date
01 June 2011
Format
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
160

The Thirty-Nine Steps

Introduction by Stuart Kelly

   

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Recently returned from South Africa, adventurer Richard Hannay is bored with life, but after a chance encounter with an American who informs him of an assassination plot and is then promptly murdered in Hannay’s London flat, he becomes the obvious suspect and is forced to go on the run. He heads north to his native Scotland, fleeing the police and his enemies. Hannay must keep his wits about him if he is to warn the government before all is too late. 

John Buchan was a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He published nearly 30 novels and seven collections of short stories. He was born in Perth, an eldest son, and studied at Glasgow and Oxford. In 1901 he became a barrister of the Middle Temple and a private secretary to the High Commissioner for South Africa. In 1907 he married Susan Charlotte Grosvenor and they subsequently had four children. After spells as a war correspondent, Lloyd George’s Director of Information and Conservative MP, Buchan moved to Canada in 1935. He served as Governor General there until his death in 1940.

The Thirty-Nine Steps is introduced by Stuart Kelly, Literary Editor of Scotland on Sunday. Stuart is also a critic and author of The Book of Lost Books and Scottland: The Man Who Invented a Nation. He is also the introducer of Midwinter by John Buchan.






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