Sick Heart River

by John Buchan

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Sick Heart River was John Buchan's most powerful novel, completed just days before his death in Canada and published posthumously in 1941.  The rich, authentic descriptions of the rugged Canadian landscape were influenced by a voyage down the Mackenzie River in 1937, at which time Buchan was Governor-General of Canada. Lawyer and politician Sir Edward Leithen - perhaps the most autobiographical of Buchan's characters - is asked by a former colleague to find his niece's husband who has disappeared into the Canadian wilderness.  Despite being diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis and given just a year to live he agrees to help.

 

Sick Heart River Synopsis

Sir Edward Leithen is dying of tuberculosis and has been given a year to live. After this prognosis, Leithen undertakes a profoundly heroic quest from London to the Canadian Northwest, tracking down a missing man who is literally 'sick at heart'. In the course of this epic journey, Leithen finds redemption for himself.

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'Sick Heart River turns the adventure yarn into a spiritual quest with an authority that few have ever rivalled. It alone is well worth the price of this paperback.'
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ISBN: 9781846970306
Publication date: 01/07/2007
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846970306
Publication date: 1st July 2007
Author: John Buchan
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 214 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Adventure,

About John Buchan

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. ...

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