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THE COMPLETE SERIES OF RICHARD HANNAY (Annotated and With Active Table of Contents)

THE COMPLETE SERIES OF RICHARD HANNAY (Annotated and With Active Table of Contents) [Kindle Edition]

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The complete collection of novels on the secret agent Richard Hannay, a great classic by John Buchan.

The Thirty-Nine Steps
Mr. Standfast
The Three Hostages
The Island of Sheep

About the Author

John Buchan (1875-1940) was born in Perth, Scotland and educated at Oxford where he published five books and won several awards, including one for poetry. He went on to be a barrister, a member of parliament, a soldier, a publisher, a historical biographer, and - in 1935 - he became the Govenor-General of Canada. Today he is best remembered as the author of his perennially popular adventure novels

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  • Print Length: 993 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1840226552
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  • Language: English
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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.

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185 of 185 people found the following review helpful
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As its title suggests, this edition brings together in one volume all the adventures of John Buchan's hero, from his first appearance in The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) to his swan-song in The Island of Sheep (1936). Here is the perfect book for those who may have met Richard Hannay in his first and most famous outing - either in print or in Hitchcock's famous movie - and would like to follow his subsequent adventures. The Thirty-Nine Steps is often regarded as the first modern spy story (with the possible exception of Erskine Childers' The Riddle of the Sands - also worth a look), and its breathless pace as its narrator is first pursued by and then pursues a network of German spies against the backdrop of the First World War, remains as effective today as when it was written. The two following books in the series, Greenmantle (1916)and Mr Standfast (1919) also pit Hannay against the might of the Kaiser (he even meets him on one occasion while posing as a pro-German Boer...), taking him across Europe and the Near East. We are also intoduced to his comrades-in-arms: multi-lingual Scottish laird and master of disguise, Sandy Arbuthnot; larger-than-life American industrialist Blenkiron; and Hannay's future wife, the feisty Mary Lamington. The final two books, The Three Hostages (1924) and the Island of Sheep are set after the War, mainly in Britain, and Hannay's adversaries this time are master criminals rather than spies, but the page-turning suspense is every bit as intense, as Hannay races against the clock to bring the malefactors to book... Hannay is a very likeable hero, more complex than the "stiff upper lip" stereotype might suggest. In many ways, he resembles the central characters of Dick Francis's racing thrillers. Read more ›
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
If you are reading this umming and ahhing about whether to get this copy or the more expensive one-volume edition listed on this site, then stop dithering now! The only thing the other edition has that this hasn't is a funky orange retro cover. Aside from that, this Wordsworth edition is superb, and for less than the price of a decent pint, what have you got to lose?

On the other hand, if you are new to Buchan and his great creation Hannay, let me try to convince you a little more. There's more than a whiff of the 'boy's own paper' about these stories of derring do. In large part they belong to a different age entirely, and Hannay is one of those larger than life fictional creations who embody all that confident grit and stiff-upper-lip courage that was so central to Britain's view of itself before World War Two. Indeed, these stories give you a window on a very, very different Britain. But at the core of each book is a great story. Make no mistake: these novels transcend their time.

The Thirty Nine Steps is an absolute classic, and unlike a lot of spy/ espionage novels you could mention, something actually happens in this story. In fact a whole slew of things occur and I'd go so far as to say that the whole book is a masterclass of story telling. It sees Hannay as a reluctant hero in the months leading up to WWI, but he soon rises to the challenge as he finds himself pursued up to Scotland, as the dastardly Germans try to get him before he can divulge the secret information he has suddenly come by. I still think it's the best story in this volume, but then I think it's one of the best stories from the last century.

Greenmantle is more of a 'ripping yarn' type of plot, and is altogether more fantastical. This story is set during the War itself.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By bookelephant TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This collection of the adverntures of the admirable Richard Hannay is an utter treat. While I can't concur with an earllier reviewer that his later adventures reach the heights of the 39 Steps, they are cracking adventure stories in their own right, and Hannay is one of those chracters whose fate one cares about - it is good to hear that he thrives - albeit amongst a series of hair's breadth escapes and nerve shattering adventures!
The one downside of this compilation that I would flag up to potential purchasers is that the book is a thick one - probably about 7-8 cm deep and correspondingly heavy. This makes it actually quite unwieldy to read - no settling this in one hand and a cup of tea in the other! Also I really don't think the binding quality is v good. By the time I had read all the books, the spine of the volume was very creased and somewhat loose despite my being careful while I read it - the weight of the rest of the book does the job by itself, I think.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous! 4 Dec 2004
By Monty
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I had no idea there were more Buchan novels beyond 39 Steps and only discovered the rest by accident. What a happy find! I am writing a fairly contemporaneous novel and thought this collection would make good research material, but I have to confess I haven't done much key-pounding since I bought it. All the tales are equally deserving of five stars but the descriptions of battle in Mr Standfast are quite outstanding. It's almost like being there, and the end, though terribly melodramatic, is very affecting. Even the endless improbable coincidences seem perfectly acceptable in this sort of writing. Yes, there is racism, homophobia, xenophobia, class snobbery, you name it, but somehow it all seems terribly innocent, even comical, to modern eyes and really doesn't matter. Just don't go calling anyone a 'kaffir' in modern South Africa or they'll lock you up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Thirty Nine Steps as good as ever
Have only started reading The Thirty Nine Steps but can say it is extremely well written and keeps the suspense going throughout.
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I am really enjoying the complete Richard Hannay set. The pace is fast and well written as one would expect from such a writer. Read more
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I wanted to read the book of "The 39 Steps" having seen various film and tv versions and enjoyed the original with its observations, customs and language which are very... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The complete seroes of Richard Hannay
How the other half lived! These stories reflect life in pre-war days as well as telling gripping stories about spies etc. A bit of history and good stories.
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A freebie so good value, If you like Hannay stories then this is good value and will while away many hours in the sun.
Published 1 month ago by Allan Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Hannah series
Lustily and lyrically written in an age when the style and grammar where as important as the story, and the telling of it made you feel you were there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Richard Hannay
I have not finished it yet. The book arrived before the stated date. What has caused me to give less than five stars is the appalling lack of proof reading. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil F Donalddson
5.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned patriotism
Buchan's hero Richard Hannay features in a number of adventures which all take pretty much the same form: Hannay & friends have to outwit & defeat criminal and/or political... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Atlanta
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless adventures of Richard Hannay.
These five books tell the story of Richard Hannay from his arrival in London & the adventure of the 39 Steps, right through his further encounters with the dastardly foes of... Read more
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