The Thirty Nine Steps

Author(s): John Buchan

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This title is presented with an introduction by Stella Rimington. It's May, 1914. Britain is on the eve of war with Germany. Richard Hannay is living a quiet life in London, but after a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger he stumbles into a hair-raising adventure - a desperate hunt across the country and against the clock, pursued by the police and a cunning, ruthless enemy. Hannay's life and the security of Britain are in grave peril, and everything rests on the solution to a baffling enigma: what are the thirty-nine steps?

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The original and best adventure story ever told, with spies, thrilling chase scenes and explosions

John Buchan was born in Perth in 1875, the son of a Scottish Presbyterian minister, and educated at Glasgow. He gained a first at Oxford University, where he began writing, producing two volumes of essays, four novels and two collections of stories and poems before the age of twenty-five. He worked briefly as a lawyer, then served as a private secretary in the colonial administration of South Africa after the Boer War. During the war he worked both as a journalist and at Britain's War Propaganda Bureau, eventually becoming Director of Information. He published his most popular novel, The Thirty-Nine Steps, in 1915, and it has never since been out of print. In 1935 Buchan was elevated to the peerage, becoming Baron Tweedmuir of Elsfield, and later that year was appointed Governor General of Canada by King George V. He died on 11 February 1940.

General Fields

  • : 9780099528395
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Vintage Classics
  • : 0.19
  • : December 2010
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 17mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Buchan
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 823.912
  • : 272