Buchan, John The Dancing Floor

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The Dancing Floor

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After the horrors of the Great War, Sir Edward Leithen finds himself entangled in a mystery. On a remote Greek island, pagan rites are still adhered to by the locals. Leithan undertakes to aid a young Englishwoman whose family are blamed by the islanders for every mishap and disaster.

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The Dancing Floor is a green meadow on an Aegean island; a place cut off, at once a sanctuary and a watch-tower. At Easter it becomes the scene of pagan rites and human sacrifice. On the island Vernon Milbourne finds the meaning of the terrible dream which, from his childhood, has come to him every spring in his English home. Even the rational Sir Edward Leithen is bewitched by the Dancing Floor. Only at the last moment do they defeat its spell, as the islanders rush in terror back to the Church. One of John Buchan’s own favourites among all his tales.

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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 neverthelss managed to continue writing.

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