Prester John

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Nineteen-year-old David Crawfurd travels from Scotland to South Africa to work as a storekeeper. On the voyage he encounters again John Laputa, the celebrated Zulu minister, of whom he has strange memories. In his remote store David finds himself with the key to a massive uprising led by the minister, who has taken the title of the mythical priest-king, Prester John. David's courage and his understanding of this man take him to the heart of the uprising, a secret cave in the Rooirand. John Buchan wrote Prester ...
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Nineteen-year-old David Crawfurd travels from Scotland to South Africa to work as a storekeeper. On the voyage he encounters again John Laputa, the celebrated Zulu minister, of whom he has strange memories. In his remote store David finds himself with the key to a massive uprising led by the minister, who has taken the title of the mythical priest-king, Prester John. David's courage and his understanding of this man take him to the heart of the uprising, a secret cave in the Rooirand. John Buchan wrote Prester John, his sixth novel, in 1910, seven years after he returned from South Africa. It was his first to reach a wide readership across the world, and it established him as the writer of the fast-paced adventures for which he is famous. In this, the only critical edition, David Daniell shows what went into the making of Prester John and explores what sets it apart from the boys' yarns of the period.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781846970641
  • Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Buchan, one of Alfred Hitchcock's favorite writers, was a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He published nearly 30 novels and seven collections of short stories. He was born in Perth, an eldest son, and studied at Glasgow and Oxford. 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 and they subsequently had four children. After spells as a war correspondent, Lloyd George's Director of Information and Conservative MP, Buchan moved to Canada in 1935. He served as Governor General there until his death in 1940. Trevor Royle is a broadcaster and author specializing in the history of war and empire. His is the author of several books including The Flowers of the Forest: Scotland and the First World War. Trevor is associate editor of the Sunday Herald and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Dated but still what is a good adventure story and

    Considering what we get now PG. No women here toclutter up things and a good and gallant dog and a lost diamond mine. Buy the collected works of

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Amzing adventure

    Great story it is so exciting reading about David Crawfurd aand I almost feel as if I was there I cannot wait to read some more books by this wonderful author John Buchan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Exciting

    I liked it. It was a great adventure by one of my favorite authors.

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