• Read Michael Simkins' THE RULES OF ACTING, out now in paperback
  • Read Justin Cartwright's LION HEART, out now in paperback
  • Read Harry Sidebottom's IRON AND RUST, out now in hardback
  • See Sue Kelvin as Madam Morrible in WICKED West End
  • Douglas Dunn has won Queen Gold Medal for Poetry 2014
  • Catch PAXO at the Pleasance London prior to Edinburgh 14 & 15 August
  • Tim Mascall designs INVINCIBLE at the St James Theatre
  • Catch Harry Treadaway & Oliver Cotton in Penny Dreadful on SkyAtlantic
  • Read Chris Bryant's PARLIAMENT: THE BIOGRAPHY, out now in hardback
  • James Turner designs THE HACKNEY VOLPONE at Rose Lipton Building
  • Read Joanna Trollope's BALANCING ACT, out now in hardback
  • See DAYTONA in the West End's Haymarket Theatre from 28th June .......
  • Read THE ICEBERG a beautiful memoir by Marion Coutts, out in hardback
  • Gregory Clarke designs sound for TONIGHT AT 8:30 (Nuffield / ETT)

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John Buchan

John Buchan

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Linda Shaughnessy
Assistant: Ilaria Tarasconi
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0203 2140976
About

John Buchan was born in Perth, in 1875, the son of a minister of the Free Church of Scotland.  In 1876 his family moved to Fife, where as a small boy he walked six miles a day in order to attend the local school, and then later to the Gorbals in Glasgow.  Buchan was later educated at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Glasgow University (by which time he was already publishing articles in periodicals) and Brasenose College, Oxford.  During his years at Oxford he published five books and many articles, winning several awards (including the Newdigate Prize for poetry) and securing a First.  His post-university career was equally diverse and successful and, despite ill health, he played a prominent part in public life as a barrister, member of parliament, writer, soldier and publisher.  In 1907 he married Susan Grosvenor; the marriage was very happy and produced a daughter and three sons.  He was created Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield in 1935 and became the fifteenth Governor-General of Canada, a position he held until his death in 1940.  John Buchan’s first success as an author came with PRESTER JOHN in 1910, and was followed by a series of adventure thrillers, or ‘shockers’ as he called them, characterized by their authentically rendered backgrounds, romantic characters, their atmosphere of expectancy and their world-wide conspiracies, and the author’s own enthusiasm. He is perhaps best known for THE THIRTY NINE STEPS (1915), GREENMANTLE (1916) and JOHN MACNAB (1925).  Buchan also established a reputation as a historical biographer with such works as MONTROSE, OLIVER CROMWELL and AUGUSTUS.

 

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