The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

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Considered by many to be one of the greatest adventure novels of all time, "The Thirty-Nine Steps" is John Buchan's most successful work. Set during the First World War, it is the story of Richard Hannay, an ordinary gentleman who finds himself mixed up in a plot to undermine the British war effort. A fugitive from the law, Hannay must race against time to try and stop the plot. "The Thirty-Nine Steps" is an exciting adventure of mystery and espionage that will thrill and delight readers both young and old.

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Author of the iconic novel The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan filled many roles including barrister, colonial administrator, publisher, Director of Intelligence, and Member of Parliament. The Thirty-Nine Steps, first in the Richard Hannay series, is widely regarded as the starting point for espionage fiction and was written to pass time while Buchan recovered from an illness. During the outbreak of the First World War, Buchan wrote propaganda for the British war effort, combining his skills as author and politician. In 1935 Buchan was appointed the 15th Governor General of Canada and established the Governor General’s Literacy Award. Buchan was enthusiastic about literacy and the evolution of Canadian culture. He died in 1940 and received a state funeral in Canada before his ashes were returned to the United Kingdom.
Published January 6, 2015 by 124 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Horror, History, Children's Books, Religion & Spirituality, Crime, Romance, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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From the moment you first meet the main character who is embroiled in a plot that covers nations, you just can’t put the book down.

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I suspect that no-one in 1915 fully understood just how big an impact upon the British class structure the Great War and its aftermath was going to have, but it's evident that the cracks were already showing for anyone who chose to look (and Buchan seems to have been looking).

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