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John Buchan - Author

About the Author

John Buchan led a truly extraordinary life: he was a diplomat, soldier, barrister, journalist, historian, politician, publisher, poet and novelist. He was born in Perth in 1875, the eldest son of a Free Church of Scotland minister, and educated at Hutcheson’s Grammar School in Glasgow. He graduated from Glasgow University then took a scholarship to Brasenose College, Oxford. During his time there – ‘spent peacefully in an enclave like a monastery’ – he wrote two historical novels.

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; they had three sons and a daughter. After spells as a war correspondent, Lloyd George’s Director of Information and a Conservative MP, Buchan – now Sir John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield - moved to Canada in 1935 where he had been appointed Governor-General.

Despite poor health throughout his life, Buchan’s literary output was remarkable – thirty novels, over sixty non-fiction books, including biographies of Sir Walter Scott and Oliver Cromwell, and seven collections of short stories. In 1928 he won the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Britain’s oldest literary prize for his biography of the Marquis of Montrose. Buchan’s distinctive thrillers – ‘shockers’ as he called them – were characterised by suspenseful atmosphere, conspiracy theories and romantic heroes, notably Richard Hannay (based on the real-life military spy William Ironside) and Sir Edward Leithen. Buchan was a favourite writer of Alfred Hitchcock, whose screen adaptation of The Thirty-Nine Steps was phenomenally successful.

John Buchan served as Governor-General of Canada until his death in 1940, the year his autobiography Memory Hold-the-door was published. His last novel Sick Heart River was published posthumously in 1941.

Featured books by John Buchan

Other books by John Buchan

Midwinter

Midwinter

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

The Jacobite army marches into England and Alistair Maclean, close confident of Charles Edward Stewart embarks on a secret mission to raise support for the cause in the west. He soon begins to suspect someone close to the Prince is passing information to the Government, but just as he closes in on the traitor his own life is put in danger. Who is the turncoat and can Maclean save his own life and his Prince?

The Thirty-Nine Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2019

The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies

The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2019

Greenmantle

Greenmantle

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2019

Salute to Adventurers

Salute to Adventurers

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2019

The Half-Hearted

The Half-Hearted

Author: John Buchan Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2019

The Half-Hearted

The Half-Hearted

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2019

Salute to Adventurers

Salute to Adventurers

Author: John Buchan Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2019

Prester John

Prester John

Author: John Buchan Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2019

Prester John

Prester John

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2019

Huntingtower

Huntingtower

Author: John Buchan Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2019

The Path of the King

The Path of the King

Author: John Buchan Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2019

The Path of the King

The Path of the King

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2019

The Moon Endureth -Tales and Fancies

The Moon Endureth -Tales and Fancies

Author: John Buchan Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2019

The Moon Endureth -Tales and Fancies

The Moon Endureth -Tales and Fancies

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2019