logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan, John Keegan
The Thirty-Nine Steps
by: (author) (author)
2.55 55
A gripping tale of adventure that has enthralled readers since it was first published, John Buchan's "The Thirty-Nine Steps" is edited with an introduction and notes by Sir John Keegan in "Penguin Classics". Adventurer Richard Hannay has just returned from South Africa and is thoroughly bored... show more
A gripping tale of adventure that has enthralled readers since it was first published, John Buchan's "The Thirty-Nine Steps" is edited with an introduction and notes by Sir John Keegan in "Penguin Classics". Adventurer Richard Hannay has just returned from South Africa and is thoroughly bored with his London life - until a spy is murdered in his flat, just days after having warned Hannay of an assassination plot that could plunge Britain into a war with Germany. An obvious suspect for the police and an easy target for the killers, Hannay picks up the trail left by the assassins, fleeing to Scotland, where he must use all his wits to stay one step ahead of the game - and warn the government before it is too late. One of the most popular adventure stories ever written, "The Thirty-Nine Steps" established John Buchan as the original thriller writer and inspired many other novelists and filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock. In his introduction to this edition, historian Sir John Keegan compares Buchan's life - his experiences in South Africa, his love of Scotland and his moral integrity - with his fictional hero. This edition also includes notes, a chronology and further reading. John Buchan (1875-1940) was born in Perth, and first began writing at Oxford University, producing two volumes of essays, four novels and two collections of stories and poems before the age of twenty-five. During the First World 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. If you enjoyed "The Thirty-Nine Steps", you might like G.K. Chesterton's "The Man Who Was Thursday", also available in "Penguin Classics". "Richard Hannay is...a modern knight-errant". ("Observer"). "Once you've started, you can't put the book down". (Stella Rimington).
show less
Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141441177 (0141441178)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 118
Edition language: English
Bookstores:
Community Reviews
BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it
1.0 The 39 Steps
I originally came across The 39 Steps when it was listed in the BBC's The Big Read in 2003 as one of Britain's favourite books. Buchan's book came in 138th place. Having now read the book, I'd like to know how this book even made the list. Just HOW??? Sure this book (published in 1915) was one o...
Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it
3.0 The Thirty-Nine Steps
We have had a season subscription to our local community theater group for as long as we've lived in Reading. Recently, they did an adaption of this novel of Buchan's, which was an early spy thriller, or something. Now that I have "mature" hearing, I didn't get a whole lot of the dialog. Much of it ...
brokenbiscuits
brokenbiscuits rated it
0.0 Books of 1915 (Part Four)
“Sansho the Steward” by Mori Ogai This is a poignant short story about a brother and sister who are kidnapped and sold into slavery. There’s no way there could be a happy end for both of them. The Golden Slipper, and other problems for Violet Strange by Anna Katherine Green A fun detective nov...
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
3.0 The Thirty-Nine Steps
3.5 stars. A short, old-fashioned spy thriller with a touch of humour, which reminded me of a video game or role playing game; the protagonist is very resourceful, the ending scene merits four stars, descriptions of characters and nature are really pleasing. I might actually want to see one of the ...
CarlAlves
CarlAlves rated it
4.0 The Thirty-Nine Steps. Greenmantle (The World's Best Reading)
The Thirty-Nine Steps was written and is set in World War 1 era Europe, where conspiracies of worldwide war are at work. The story’s main character, Richard Hannay is leading a typical middle class life when he gets thrust in the middle of it all as a stranger shows up telling him of this conspiracy...
Other editions (197)
Books by John Keegan
Books by John Buchan
On shelves
Share this Book
Need help?