Forever associated with the classic thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps, Buchan wrote over a hundred books, including a series of ‘shockers’ as he called them, children’s books and tales of the supernatural. He also wrote biographies and was the author of what many regard as the finest history ever written of the Great War.
A man of formidable energy, he had a distinguished career in public life. He ran the Ministry of Information during the First World War, and after eight years as a Conservative MP he ended his career as Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor-General of Canada.
In this, the first biography for thirty years, Andrew Lownie has been able to draw on private papers not used before, which have enabled him to paint a compelling picture of Buchan’s life, and a panoramic view of British political, social and literary circles during the first half of the twentieth century.
‘Admirably readable, this book will be invaluable to those who are now encountering Buchan’s work for the first time. Lownie’s lucid account of Buchan’s life redefines the man as infinitely more complex than he thought he was.’
The Sunday Times
‘This formidably detailed study is a labour of love by a devoted Buchanite, a nuanced understanding of a figure who, for too long, has been regarded as an extension of his fictional heroes.’
‘Trumpets should now sound for Buchan; and I will sound one of my own for Andrew Lownie, who has brought this most extraordinary man to life in a way no previous writer has.’
‘This exemplary biography, full of new insights and fresh documents unearthed and published for the first time, makes fascinating reading.’
Robert Carver, Scotsman
‘Andrew Lownie offers a solid and convincing portrait of a complex man and controls the innumerable aspects of Buchan’s life in an exemplary manner.’
Times Literary Supplement
‘The book’s strongest asset is its literary criticism. He is meticulous in exploring Buchan’s non-fiction and poetry, as well as his novels, and a master at teasing out the themes that make Buchan’s work so popular.’
Independent on Sunday
‘Lownie's study is equally well argued and written with an evident, though at times exasperated, fondness for his subject.’
Scotland on Sunday
‘He has been the subject of previous biographies, but Andrew Lownie's is a welcome addition... Mr Lownie has done him proud.’
‘Andrew Lownie's new life of him, though by no means hagiographic, should contribute to the Buchan revival...’
‘Andrew Lownie's John Buchan tells a different story. It is neither hostile nor debunking, but shows warts absent from the Adam Smith version.’
The Daily Telegraph
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ANDREW LOWNIE was educated at Fettes, Westminster, Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was Dunster History Prizeman and President of the Union, and at Edinburgh University. He has been a journalist contributing to The Times and The Spectator and has worked in publishing. A past Council Member of the Buchan Society, he has written introductions to several Buchan novels and has edited a collection of Buchan’s poetry.
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Book Description Constable, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0006276359
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Book Description London: Constable, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. VG+ in VG dustwrapper. First edition of Lownie's biography of a remarkable man. As well as a best-selling author Buchan was variously a lawyer, colonial administrator, publisher, MP and Governor-General of Canada. 365 pages. Black cloth; silver lettering; numerous illustrations. Excellent but for very slight bump to 2 corners. The unclipped d/w is lightly creased in places. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 8348
Book Description Constable, U.S.A., 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. pp. 365, "This biography of John Buchan is drawn on private papers which fully portray his life and interests, and provide a comprehensive view of British political, social and literary circles during the first half of the 20th century. Particularly noted for his classic thriller, "The Thirty Nine Steps", John Buchan wrote over 100 books, including a series of "shockers" as he called them, featuring the characters Richard Hannay, Sandy Arbuthnot and Edward Leithen, children's books and tales of the supernatural. He also wrote biographies, including lives of Montrose and Sir Walter Scott, and was the author of a history of the Great War. Buchan had a distinguished career in public life. He was a member of Milner's famous "Kindergarten" of young men in South Africa and later worked for the "Spectator". He worked in publishing at Nelson's and then ran the Ministry of Information during World War I. After eight years as a Conservative MP, he ended his career as Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor-General of Canada. Although he led an active public life, Buchan was at heart a countryman and fisherman, and believed deeply in the redemptive powers of the wild." Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 173171
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