Set in the months before the outbreak of the Great War and in print for almost 100 years The Thirty-Nine Steps is John Buchan's most popular novel. This timely look at the book - what inspired it, its themes and metaphors - and at its author - how much of John Buchan's own self and experiences are in it - will greatly enhance the reader's enjoyment.
John Burnett was formerly Principal Curator of Modern Scotland, National Museums Scotland. Kate Mackay was formerly Assistant Keeper, Scottish Life Archive, National Museums Scotland.
Introduction - The man who lived / London, and the man who died / Galloway and the Borders / Upper Tweedale / The living hill country / The Scots in the modern world / South Africa and secret societies / Disguise and disappearance / Converging on the sea / Further reading and summaries of the Buchan novels.