John Buchan

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Wilbur Smith obituary
Bestselling author of adventure novels with African settings such as When the Lion Feeds and The Sunbird

Mike Ripley

14, Nov, 2021 @2:28 PM

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Tunnel visions and the romance of the railways in Scotland | Letters
Letters: Readers respond to an article by Ian Jack on proposals for a rail tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland and a long-lost railway line


22, Feb, 2021 @5:33 PM

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Book clinic: can you recommend adventure novels for adults?
Tales of derring-do for the grown-ups

Andrew Martin

07, Sep, 2019 @5:00 PM

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Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan review – a man of no mystery
A biography by the author’s granddaughter reveals truth duller than fiction

Anthony Quinn

05, May, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Bond and Smiley should be retired: it's time for working-class spy fiction
Since the genre’s inception, its heroes have usually been privileged types. Less well-connected heroes would make better novels and wouldn’t go amiss in real life

HB Lyle

11, May, 2017 @9:00 AM

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Top 10 chases in literature
From Moby-Dick to Mr Ripley, the best stories of pursuit provide both compulsive plots and insights into a strangely intimate relationship

Chris Ewan

25, May, 2016 @2:00 PM

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The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House 1918-1939 by Adrian Tinniswood – review
This account of upper-class country life in the interwar years proves both informed and highly entertaining

Rachel Cooke

15, May, 2016 @5:30 AM

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Bad vibes in Broadstairs and the dark side of Deal
David Seabrook’s work exploring sinister connections in Kent could be the start of something obsessive…

Rachel Cooke

26, Apr, 2016 @8:00 AM

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The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan – giddy action and vivid cameos
The somewhat clumsy escapades that lead the reader through this spy caper are steadied by the wonderfully sharp incidental characters

Nicola Davis

26, Aug, 2015 @12:50 PM

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The 100 best novels: No 42 - The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan (1915)

John Buchan's espionage thriller, with its sparse, contemporary prose, is hard to put down, writes Robert McCrum

Robert McCrum

07, Jul, 2014 @4:45 AM

Scientists on screen - in pictures

The private lives of the great inventors, discoverers and academics were often extraordinary. So it's not surprising that film-makers have been drawn to celebrate them and that actors have produced some terrific performances. Kit Buchan chooses the pick of the bunch over the years including Russell Crowe as John Nash and Walter Matthau as Einstein

Kit Buchan

09, May, 2014 @9:00 AM

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Interactive novels: pretty but pretty exhausting

The iPad app of John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps is breathtaking to look at but the storytelling is desperately slow, writes Anna Baddeley

Anna Baddeley

04, May, 2013 @11:03 PM

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