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Prester John
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ISBN:
9781846974052
Categories
Classic Fiction, Fiction, Fiction, John Buchan Classics
Imprint
Polygon
Publication Date
03 August 2017
Format
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
Status
Not Yet Published
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
208

Prester John

Introduction by Trevor Royle

   

eBook also available from the iBookstore

'Rejoice in the pre-war prose . . . and in Buchan's beautifully observed landscapes' – Sunday Telegraph

South Africa, 1900. After his father dies, nineteen-year-old David Crawfurd is sent off to South Africa to earn his living as a storekeeper in the back of beyond. A strange encounter on the journey suggests that dark deeds and treacherous intrigues are afoot - all bound up with the mysterious primeval kingdom of Prester John.

Written as a boys' own adventure story and set mostly in South Africa (where Buchan had worked), Prester John was published in 1910 when Buchan was 35. It's a fast-moving thriller in the style of Robert Louis Stevenson and Rider Haggard.

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.

Trevor Royle is a broadcaster and author specialising in the history of war and empire. His is the author of several books including The Flowers of the Forest: Scotland and the First World War. Trevor is associate editor of the Sunday Herald and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.






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