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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 Watcher By The Threshold

The Watcher By The Threshold

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2019

Originally publish in 1900, this collection of short stories has been called the essence of Scottish fiction by some, and simply weird stories by others. This volume includes No-Man's Land, The Far Islands, The Watcher by The Threshold, The Outgoing of The Tide, The Rime of True Thomas, Basilissa, Divus Johnston, and The King of Ypres.

The Three Hostages

The Three Hostages

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2019

The Path Of The King

The Path Of The King

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2019

The Power-House

The Power-House

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2019

The Runagates Club

The Runagates Club

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2019

Greenmantle

Greenmantle

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

The Free Fishers

The Free Fishers

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

The Watcher By The Threshold

The Watcher By The Threshold

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

Salute To Adventurers

Salute To Adventurers

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

Castle Gay

Castle Gay

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

Witch Wood

Witch Wood

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

The Gap In The Curtain

The Gap In The Curtain

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

The House Of The Four Winds

The House Of The Four Winds

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

The Blanket Of The Dark

The Blanket Of The Dark

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

The Thirty-Nine Steps (The 39 Steps)

The Thirty-Nine Steps (The 39 Steps)

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

The Magic Walking-Stick

The Magic Walking-Stick

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019