From the Introduction by Andrew Greig* in John MacNab:
John MacNab is the sunniest of Buchan's fictions, as Sick Heart River is the most dark and deeply felt. Both take Sir Edward Leithen as the central character, the one Buchan wryly acknowledged as being closest to himself. John MacNab stands apart from the Richard Hannay novels for it is an adventure, not a thriller...It also has the most interesting female character in Buchan's fiction. The novel is a comedy-adventure, full of flicks of wit, mischief, mockery and mickey-taking; like all good comedy it ends in an engagement, a feast, self-knowledge, forgiveness and healing.
*Andrew Greig wrote The Return of John MacNab. It may have less elevated protagonists, different politics and a female character that was centre stage, yet the heart of MacNab remains the same and it's well worth a read once you've the book that inspired it.
In 1925, John Buchan published his second most famous novel, John MacNab ; three high-flying men - a barrister, a cabinet minister and a banker - are suffering from boredom. They concoct a plan to cure it. They inform three Scottish estates that they will poach from each two stags and a salmon in a given time. They sign collectively as 'John McNab' and await the responses. This novel is a light interlude within the Leithen Stories series - an evocative look at the hunting, shooting and fishing lifestyle in Highland Scotland.
Closing date: 06/09/2018
'Perhaps [Buchan's] peculiarly Scottish combination of Romanticism and Calvinism - daring living and high thinking - is due to return to fashion.'
THE INDEPENDENT MAGAZINE
Publication date: 01/07/2007
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
|Publication date:||1st July 2007|
|Publisher:||Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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. ...More About John Buchan