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    The Thirty Nine Steps (Vintage Classics) (Paperback) By (author) John Buchan, Introduction by Stella Rimington

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    DescriptionThis title is presented with an introduction by Stella Rimington. It's May, 1914. Britain is on the eve of war with Germany. Richard Hannay is living a quiet life in London, but after a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger he stumbles into a hair-raising adventure - a desperate hunt across the country and against the clock, pursued by the police and a cunning, ruthless enemy. Hannay's life and the security of Britain are in grave peril, and everything rests on the solution to a baffling enigma: what are the thirty-nine steps?


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    Title
    The Thirty Nine Steps
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Buchan, Introduction by Stella Rimington
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099528395
    ISBN 10: 0099528398
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC22: 823.912
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FT
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    B&T General Subject: 500
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 62
    BISAC V2.8: FIC031000
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC030000, FIC006000
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    Thema V1.0: FBC, FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    Vintage Classics
    Publication date
    01 April 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    John Buchan was born in Perth in 1875, the son of a Scottish Presbyterian minister, and educated at Glasgow. He gained a first at Oxford University, where he began writing, producing two volumes of essays, four novels and two collections of stories and poems before the age of twenty-five. He worked briefly as a lawyer, then served as a private secretary in the colonial administration of South Africa after the Boer War. During the war he worked both as a journalist and at Britain's War Propaganda Bureau, eventually becoming Director of Information. He published his most popular novel, The Thirty-Nine Steps, in 1915, and it has never since been out of print. In 1935 Buchan was elevated to the peerage, becoming Baron Tweedmuir of Elsfield, and later that year was appointed Governor General of Canada by King George V. He died on 11 February 1940.
    Review quote
    "Richard Hannay is, like his American brother Philip Marlowe, a modern knight errant. Charging through a hypocritical world, he is a seeker after truth with a boundless love of nature, a liking for simple pleasures and a hatred of pettiness and snobberies... Buchan's novels are eerily resonant with today's troubles... Hannay is a hero for all times" Observer "The book is even more fun than the films" Guardian "The father of the modern espionage adventure" Sunday Times "Buchan makes superb use of wild landscapes in this economical and gripping story" The Times "Go into a bookshop today, pick up The Thirty-Nine Steps and I guarantee you will read it to the end. There is random and graphic violence, there is clear and present evil, eyes that are hooded 'like a bird of prey' - and a man 'skewered to the floor by a long knife through his heart'" Daily Mail