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The Thirty-nine Steps

by John Buchan

Part of the The Richard Hannay Adventures Series

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction

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A classic and hugely influential thriller and featuring possibly the most exciting and famous chase in fiction.  It's also one of the most filmed, most adapted and best-loved spy thrillers in history.  May 1914, Richard Hannay is asked for help by an American spy who has uncovered an assassination plot. The spy is promptly murdered in Hannay's flat, and Hannay is compelled to flee and prevent the assasination while on the run from the police in Scotland. With an Introduction by Stuart Kelly.

The Thirty-nine Steps Synopsis

Recently returned from South Africa, adventurer Richard Hannay is bored with life, but after a chance encounter with an American who informs him of an assassination plot and is then promptly murdered in Hannay's London flat, he becomes the obvious suspect and is forced to go on the run. He heads north to his native Scotland, fleeing the police and his enemies. Hannay must keep his wits about him if he is to warn the government before all is too late.

The Thirty-nine Steps Press Reviews

'Buchan was a major influence on my work'
ALFRED HITCHCOCK

'Between Kipling and Fleming stands John Buchan, the father of the modern spy thriller'
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS

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ISBN: 9781846971983
Publication date: 01/06/2011
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846971983
Publication date: 1st June 2011
Author: John Buchan
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

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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