26 August 2017 Susannah

John Buchan – Scottish novelist and biographer, born on 26 August 1875

John Buchan quote by Susannah Fullerton

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – John Buchan/strong>, born 26 August 1875

John Buchan, circa 1936

John Buchan, circa 1936

“Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.”

These days John Buchan is really only remembered for his pot-boiler The Thirty-Nine Steps, but he was a prolific novelist (he wrote over 30 novels) and short-story writer, an historian and biographer, a lawyer, an MP, and a Governor General of Canada. His life was a truly remarkable one, and you can learn a lot more about him by visiting the John Buchan Centre in Peebles, Scotland.

It is best not to judge Buchan’s novels on the film versions of The Thirty-Nine Steps – the most recent one with Rupert Penry-Jones could hardly have been more unfaithful to the novel! His books are now somewhat dated, but are still good reads. You might like to try Witch Wood which was published in 1927.

John Buchan died on 11 February 1940, at the age of 64.

Have you read John Buchan? Tell me in the comment area below.

   The 39 Steps by John Buchan
   Witch Wood by John Buchan

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Body image credit- John Buchan, circa 1936 by Kaiden-Kazanjian Studios Inc. (cropped), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=943909

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