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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

The Thirty-Nine Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2018

The Thirty-Nine Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps

Author: John Buchan Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2018

Pilgrim S Way an Essay in Recollection

Pilgrim S Way an Essay in Recollection

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2018

The Battle of the Somme, First Phase

The Battle of the Somme, First Phase

Author: John Buchan Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/11/2018

The Marquis of Montrose

The Marquis of Montrose

Author: John Buchan Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2018

The Marquis of Montrose

The Marquis of Montrose

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2018

Prester John

Prester John

Author: John Buchan, Henry Clarence Pitz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2018

Prester John

Prester John

Author: John Buchan, Henry Clarence Pitz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2018

The Battle of the Somme, Second Phase

The Battle of the Somme, Second Phase

Author: John Buchan Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2018

The Battle of the Somme, Second Phase

The Battle of the Somme, Second Phase

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2018

A History of the Great War; Volume 3

A History of the Great War; Volume 3

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2018

A History of the Great War; Volume 3

A History of the Great War; Volume 3

Author: John Buchan Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2018

The Island of Sheep

The Island of Sheep

Author: John Buchan, Harmonia Harmonia Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2018

The Island of Sheep

The Island of Sheep

Author: John Buchan, Harmonia Harmonia Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2018

The Island of Sheep

The Island of Sheep

Author: John Buchan, John Harmonia Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2018

The Island of Sheep

The Island of Sheep

Author: John Buchan, John Harmonia Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018