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I want a man like Richard Hannay
on 21 September 2014
I think I must have got every Buchan book on Amazon! My husband convinced me I should read the 39 Steps, despite my dislike of adventure books, and that's it, I was hooked. Buchan was a brilliant author, Hannay is the perfect hero - he is principled, honest, moral, self-effacing, and would die for his country (or a lady)! Every woman's ideal hero, and every man's too.
Buchan also uses women cleverly. They don't quite know their place (remember this was between the world wars) and are feisty and somehow get themselves involved in the adventure. But there is nothing sweetly cloying about Buchan's women, or about any romance he might wright in (and he doesn't do much of that), it is reserved, in the manner of the time.
Buchan's books are real snapshots of modern history, with an adventure overlay. So exciting, yet polite at the same time. I'm sure Hannay would have made a brilliant (if modest) James Bond.