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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - A great read by the fire with a dram!
When Dickson McCunn decides to leave behind his store in Glasgow and set out on a walking holiday in the Scottish borders, excitement and adventure are possibly the last things on his mind, however, discover them he does. Huntingtower is a real rip roaring adventure story, the kind of thing to read when the wind is howling outside on a long dark night as you sit by...
Published on 27 Sep 1999 by Clare Roy

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected twists and turns but...
The book is written in a relatively simplistic style with a 'Boys Own' adventure feel to it. Enjoyable but only for a light read.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - A great read by the fire with a dram!, 27 Sep 1999
When Dickson McCunn decides to leave behind his store in Glasgow and set out on a walking holiday in the Scottish borders, excitement and adventure are possibly the last things on his mind, however, discover them he does. Huntingtower is a real rip roaring adventure story, the kind of thing to read when the wind is howling outside on a long dark night as you sit by the fire. It is a fantastic novel, which seems to get sadly overlooked these days. Once you have read Huntingtower there are another two novels starring Dickson - a much more enjoyable character than Richard Hannay in the 39 Steps. Read on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 10 books of all time, 23 Aug 2010
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Big Jim "Big Jim" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I first read this book when I was 11 and have just finished reading it for about the tenth time. Yes it is a simple enough but exciting tale but for descriptive passages of the natural world you will find few better than Buchan at setting a sense of place in just a few, sharply obervant sentences. It ocurred to me that the Gorbals Diehards pre-date the Famous Five by about twenty years and for this alone we should be thankful to Buchan for introducing young, self-reliant characters that have an air of truth about them and inhabit the real world unlike today's young heros like Alex Rider, Harry Potter and co who have had to have fantasy worlds woven around the characters to give them life.
Also, please forgive Buchan's turn of phrase which with the benefit of today's politically informed hindsight, does come across as a tad crass - references to "the Jew" for instance. This was of its time and Buchan's record on humanitarian works is there for all to see. I appreciate this is often offered up as an apology but I believe is nontheless worth repeating.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned Adventure Yarn, 29 Aug 2008
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This is the first of the books featuring Dickson McCunn (and the Gorbals Diehards).
By way of useful information the second is Castle Gay and the third House of the Four Winds. Only two of the Diehards feature in the subsequent books - which I've always thought rather a pity. While the attitudes of the period are a little dated, the yarn itself is none the worse for wear.

You don't get many old green-grocers who become heroes using common-sense while on walking holidays in Scotland. Surely worth a read just for that.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, 20 Dec 2006
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Andrew Vermes (Hassocks, West Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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If you like Mma Ramotswe here's another unlikely character - a retired grocer - plunged into adventure and finding hidden resources in his commonsense Scottish upbringing. For those that enjoy a good yarn there's a princess in peril, dangerous revolutionaries, and the denizens of a Glasgow slum all mixed together with a happy ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected twists and turns but..., 13 Jun 2013
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The book is written in a relatively simplistic style with a 'Boys Own' adventure feel to it. Enjoyable but only for a light read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 6 July 2014
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a good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elderly hero in a great yarn., 30 Jun 2014
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Typical John Buchan adventure yarn that introduces an unlikely hero in Dickson McCunn, a retired grocery manager with dreams and unknown depths, and the Gorbals Diehards - a group of deprived but streetwise Glaswegian kids (Buchan's version of Sherlock Holmes' Baker Street Irregulars). If you've read any Buchan books before, the storyline is probably familiar but that doesn't undermine the pure enjoyment to be had from becoming immersed in the world portrayed. For my taste, too many of Buchan's books end up in pitched battles between good and evil - well described but stretching credibility almost to breaking point.
I enjoyed the book enormously and subsequently discovered a couple more stories featuring McCunn and some of the Diehards.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good old-fashioned "ripping yarn", 17 Jun 2014
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Features a Russian princess, a retired Scottish grocer and half a dozen absolutely filth street kids from the Gorbals. I enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read brings back fond memories, 18 Feb 2014
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The goral die hards are what you would like to think your own children would be like if an adventurous situation arose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old Boys' Own, 23 Jan 2014
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I remember this from a television serialisation way back when and it still stands up well as a typically improbable, old fashioned but fun ripping yarn designed to appeal to the sense of adventure in small boys (and old men) everywhere.
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