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About the Author
John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He wrote adventure novels, short-story collections and biographies.
His passion for the Scottish countryside is reflected in much of his writing. Buchan's adventure stories are high in romance and are peopled by a large cast of characters. 'Richard Hannay', 'Dickson McCunn' and 'Sir Edward Leithen' are three that reappear several times.
Alfred Hitchcock adapted his most famous book 'The Thirty-Nine Steps', featuring Hannay, for the big screen.
Born in 1875 in Perth, Buchan was the son of a minister. Childhood holidays were spent in the Borders, for which he had a great love. He was educated at Glasgow University and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was President of the Union. Called to the Bar in 1901, he became Lord Milner's assistant private secretary in South Africa. By 1907, however, he was working as a publisher with Nelson's. During the First World War Buchan was a correspondent at the Front for 'The Times', as well as being an officer in the Intelligence Corps and advisor to the War Cabinet.
Elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament for one of the Scottish Universities' seats in 1927, he was created Baron Tweedsmuir in 1935. From then, until his death in 1940, he served as Governor General of Canada, during which time he nevertheless managed to continue writing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another fun little romp with retired grocer Dickson McCunn and 2 of the now grown up lads from Huntingtower as they once again stumble across an incident of international intrigue in the Scottish countryside. There are slow moments here and there, and the Scottish dialogue can certainly be tedious if trying to have a quick enjoyable read......there is nothing quick, for me, at least, in trying to decipher what is being said in Scottish dialect. Fortunately, there is not too much of it. And as the adventure comes to its conclusion, it does get rather exciting. Just some fun in Scotland involving an old castle with some unique characters.....I'll probably follow up soon with the third and final of this series by Buchan.