The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps


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The original and best adventure story ever told, with spies, thrilling chase scenes and explosions.
With an Introduction by Stella Rimington.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780099528395
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Series: Vintage Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 312,711
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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 February 11, 1940.

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"Richard Hannay is, like his American brother Philip Marlowe, a modern knight errant. Charging through a hypocritical world, he is a seeker after truth with a boundless love of nature, a liking for simple pleasures and a hatred of pettiness and snobberies... Buchan's novels are eerily resonant with today's troubles...Hannay is a hero of all times."

"Buchan makes superb use of wild landscapes in this economical and gripping story."
The Times

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The 39 Steps 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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BooksForDinner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this a lot. The old style adventure/chase/thriller kind of book where the protagonist is helped by an endless parade of lucky breaks is always fun; reading one written by A writer like John Buchan makes it much more so.
mngermanshepherd More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful and difficult to put down!
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