The Strange Adventures of Mr Andrew Hawthorn and Other Stories (Penguin Classics)

3.59 avg rating
( 17 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780141442426: The Strange Adventures of Mr Andrew Hawthorn and Other Stories (Penguin Classics)

A new selection of short stories by "the prince of thriller writers" (The Times, London)

The short stories of John Buchan are known for their authentically rendered backgrounds, taut pacing, and atmosphere of expectancy and international intrigue. These diverse tales combine Buchan's remarkable experiences and interests as a traveler, war correspondent, politician, and classical scholar. Edited by acclaimed author Giles Foden, this selection features the World War I thriller "The Loathly Opposite," the frequently anthologized "Sing a Song of Sixpence," and "Streams of Water in the South," one of Buchan's personal favorites. Addressing such themes as human frailty, strength, and redemption, the stories testify to Buchan's worldview that mastery of oneself leads to the fulfillment of one's destiny.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

John Buchan was born in Perth. His father was a minister of the Free Church of Scotland; and in 1876 the family moved to Fife where in order to attend the local school the small boy had to walk six miles a day. Later they moved again to the Gorbals in Glasgow and John Buchan went to Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow University (by which time he was already publishing articles in periodicals) and Brasenose College, Oxford. His years at Oxford - 'spent peacefully in an enclave like a monastery' - nevertheless opened up yet more horizons and he published five books and many articles, won several awards including the Newdigate Prize for poetry and gained a First. His career was equally diverse and successful after university and, despite ill-health and continual pain from a duodenal ulcer, he played a prominent part in public life as a barrister and Member of Parliament, in addition to being a writer, soldier and publisher. In 1907 he married Susan Grosvenor, and the marriage was supremely happy. They had one 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. 'I don't think I remember anyone,' wrote G. M. Trevelyan to his widow, 'whose death evoked a more enviable outburst of sorrow, love and admiration.'

John Buchan's first success as an author came with Prester John in 1910, followed by a series of adventure thrillers, or 'shockers' as he called them, all characterized by their authentically rendered backgrounds, romantic characters, their atmosphere of expectancy and world-wide conspiracies, and the author's own enthusiasm. There are three main heroes: Richard Hannay, whose adventures are collected in The Complete Richard Hannay; Dickson McCunn, the Glaswegian provision merchant with the soul of a romantic, who features in Huntingtower, Castle Gay and The House of the Four Winds; and Sir Edward Leithen, the lawyer who tells the story of John MacNab and Sick Heart River, John Buchan's final novel. In addition, John Buchan established a reputation as an historical biographer with such works as Montrose, Oliver Cromwell and Augustus.

Review:

" It is Buchan's ability to transport his readers to this magic universe which has produced so many devotees to his writing."
-Giles Foden, from the Introduction

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Buchan, John
ISBN 10: 0141442425 ISBN 13: 9780141442426
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2009. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VP-9780141442426

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Buchan, John (Author); Foden, Giles (Editor); Foden, Giles (Introduction by)
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 0141442425 ISBN 13: 9780141442426
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Random House. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0141442425

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.21
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.63
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

John Buchan
Published by Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141442425 ISBN 13: 9780141442426
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. In The Strange Adventures of Mr Andrew Hawthorn and the other stories in this collection, peculiar worlds of temptation, adventure or iniquity are perilously close at hand. Mr. Hawthorn himself steps outside to allow his porridge to cool and disappears for five years and more, a Glasgow grocer is shipwrecked and ultimately worshipped as a god, a young mathematician discovers an entirely new aspect of reality and becomes terrified by what he finds there, and an ageing sinner clings grimly, weakly to a hard-won life of decency: John Buchan in each demonstrating his abilities as a gripping writer of short stories. In his introduction, Giles Foden explores Buchan s innate sense of the fascination held by sudden jeopardy and vanished comfort, and the themes of the will and fate in his work. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780141442426

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Buchan, John
Published by Penguin Classics
ISBN 10: 0141442425 ISBN 13: 9780141442426
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0141442425 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2132207120

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

John Buchan
Published by Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141442425 ISBN 13: 9780141442426
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. In The Strange Adventures of Mr Andrew Hawthorn and the other stories in this collection, peculiar worlds of temptation, adventure or iniquity are perilously close at hand. Mr. Hawthorn himself steps outside to allow his porridge to cool and disappears for five years and more, a Glasgow grocer is shipwrecked and ultimately worshipped as a god, a young mathematician discovers an entirely new aspect of reality and becomes terrified by what he finds there, and an ageing sinner clings grimly, weakly to a hard-won life of decency: John Buchan in each demonstrating his abilities as a gripping writer of short stories. In his introduction, Giles Foden explores Buchan s innate sense of the fascination held by sudden jeopardy and vanished comfort, and the themes of the will and fate in his work. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780141442426

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.78
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

John Buchan
Published by Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141442425 ISBN 13: 9780141442426
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. In The Strange Adventures of Mr Andrew Hawthorn and the other stories in this collection, peculiar worlds of temptation, adventure or iniquity are perilously close at hand. Mr. Hawthorn himself steps outside to allow his porridge to cool and disappears for five years and more, a Glasgow grocer is shipwrecked and ultimately worshipped as a god, a young mathematician discovers an entirely new aspect of reality and becomes terrified by what he finds there, and an ageing sinner clings grimly, weakly to a hard-won life of decency: John Buchan in each demonstrating his abilities as a gripping writer of short stories. In his introduction, Giles Foden explores Buchan s innate sense of the fascination held by sudden jeopardy and vanished comfort, and the themes of the will and fate in his work. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780141442426

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
13.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

John Buchan
Published by Penguin Classics (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141442425 ISBN 13: 9780141442426
New Softcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics, 2009. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # TV9780141442426

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.11
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.66
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

John Buchan
Published by Penguin Classics (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141442425 ISBN 13: 9780141442426
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0141442425

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
16.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

John Buchan, Giles Foden (Editor), Giles Foden (Introduction)
Published by Penguin Classics (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141442425 ISBN 13: 9780141442426
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0141442425

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
17.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Buchan, John (Author)/ Foden, Giles (Edited by)/ Foden, Giles (Introduction by)
Published by Penguin Classics (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141442425 ISBN 13: 9780141442426
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 384 pages. 7.75x5.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zr0141442425

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
14.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book