The Thirty-Nine Steps 

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Famous as the basis for several films, including the brilliant 1935 version directed by Alfred Hitchcock, The Thirty-Nine Steps is a classic of early twentieth-century popular literature.

Richard Hannay has just returned to England after years in South Africa and is thoroughly bored with his life in London. But then a murder is committed in his flat, just days after a chance encounter with an American who had told him about an assassination plot that could have dire ...

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Overview

Famous as the basis for several films, including the brilliant 1935 version directed by Alfred Hitchcock, The Thirty-Nine Steps is a classic of early twentieth-century popular literature.

Richard Hannay has just returned to England after years in South Africa and is thoroughly bored with his life in London. But then a murder is committed in his flat, just days after a chance encounter with an American who had told him about an assassination plot that could have dire international consequences. An obvious suspect for the police and an easy target for the killers, Hannay goes on the run in his native Scotland where he will need all his courage and ingenuity to stay one step ahead of his pursuers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140011302
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1991
  • Series: Penguin World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 877,137
  • Product dimensions: 4.44 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

John Keegan, one of the most distinguished contemporary military historians, was for many years Senior Lecturer at Sandhurst, the British Royal Military Academy, and Defense Editor of the London Daily Telegraph. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Keegan is the author of numerous books including The Face of Battle, The Mask of Command, The Price of Admiralty, Six Armies in Normandy, and The Second World War (all available from Penguin).
John Keegan, one of the most distinguished contemporary military historians, was for many years Senior Lecturer at Sandhurst, the British Royal Military Academy, and Defense Editor of the London Daily Telegraph. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Keegan is the author of numerous books including The Face of Battle, The Mask of Command, The Price of Admiralty, Six Armies in Normandy, and The Second World War (all available from Penguin).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    On the run from German spies and British police in Victorian Britain

    An innocent conversation with a neighbor on the stairs draws colonial Richard Hannay into a vortex of political intrigue and danger. Events rapidly develop as Hannay is framed for a murder and decides to run for it. Even though he's wanted by both murderous spies and the British police, he's determined to uncover the riddle and stop an impending catastrophe for the British Empire. All the while he's on the run - sometimes literally - in the wilds of Scotland. The book is a colorful 103-page action adventure and, like most spy novels, sometimes unbelievable. However, it's an entertaining read. I recommend it to anyone who likes action, adventure, or spy novels. (By the way, I noticed the British author used 'on the weekend' in this 1915 publication. Interesting, because now almost all English say 'at the weekend'.)

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