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The Thirty-nine Steps

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Adventurer Richard Hannay has just returned from South Africa and is thoroughly bored with his London life - until a murder is committed in his flat, just days after the victim had warned him of an assassination plot that could bring Britain to the brink of war. An obvious suspect for the police and an easy target for the killers, Hannay goes on the run in his native Scotland, where he must use all his wits to stay one step ahead of the game - and warn the government before it ...
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Overview

Adventurer Richard Hannay has just returned from South Africa and is thoroughly bored with his London life - until a murder is committed in his flat, just days after the victim had warned him of an assassination plot that could bring Britain to the brink of war. An obvious suspect for the police and an easy target for the killers, Hannay goes on the run in his native Scotland, where he must use all his wits to stay one step ahead of the game - and warn the government before it is too late.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846971983
  • Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Buchan 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. Stuart Kelly is the Literary Editor of Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of Scott-land and The Book of Lost Books, and has contributed to The Decadent Handbook, Alasdair Gray: Critical Appreciations and the Scottish Goverment's Introducing Scottish Literature.

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

    A pleasant surprise!

    There's always a risk stepping out of ones interests and I downloaded this book from a mail-order flyer in the mail.

    Turns out it was a good move. This book is part espionage and all intrigue that takes place in the months leading toward World War I in Great Britain.

    The main character is an uninspired resident of London who wishes he knew his grander purpose to provide spark and excitement in his life. Turns out he gets that in spades when he meets up with another person in his apartment and sets off on a whirlwind adventure.

    The plot itself isn't complex but absolutely interesting as the character zips around the countryside sorting out what to do.

    I found many of the author's lines to be very funny and intelligent.

    This was a Google download so brace yourself for random characters sprinkled with love throughout this otherwise very short book. ENJOY!

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    Posted September 26, 2014

    This is SOME book

    I was amazed at the quick pace and wonderful storyline. They say this was the foundation for most spy thrillers. I can belive it.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

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    Highly Recommended Classic Thriller

    Superb spy thriller, filmed several times - once by Alfred Hitchcock - The Thirty-Nine Steps is worth reading even if you have seen one of the films as it surpasses its genre and stands on its own as a novel. Having read this book by John Buchan, my best bet is that you will go on to read more of his work..

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    Posted September 27, 2014

    How can I tell anything about the book, when I could NOT get it

    How can I tell anything about the book, when I could NOT get it as a free book for Friday?

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