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Publication Date
08 August 2008
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Introduction by Stuart Kelly


'Buchan showed the way. His pace and drive always spelled adventure, always writ large' – Graham Greene

Regarded by many critics as one of the finest historical novels ever written, Midwinter tells the tale of Alastair Maclean, confidant of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, who embarks on a secret mission to raise support for the Jacobite cause in the west of England.

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s favourite writers, 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.

Midwinter 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.

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