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Name: John Buchan (1st Baron Tweedsmuir)

From: 1875

To: 1940

Biography: Scottish lawyer, journalist, politician, diplomat and author famous for action-filled adventure/thriller stories ('shockers') featuring upper-class heroes. Increasingly respected for his historical fiction. All his work is marked by a strong sense of landscape and field-craft. His oeuvre also includes speculative fiction, children's literature, short stories, biography, and poetry. Buchan spent a large part of his life in and around Peebles. He also holidayed with family members in Broughton, where there is now a small museum dedicated to his life and work. Much of his fiction comprises closely observed portraits of country folk and is set about the Upper Tweed and Tweedsdale where '... we have vistas, waters, hills, woods, an epitome of landscape, small in the acreage of the surveyor, but large by that curious measurement which is the prerogative of the mind of man. It is undoubtedly a country of surprises, a dapper arrangement of landscapes which charm by their contrast' (Scholar Gipsies, 1895).

Background Reading: John Buchan, Memory Hold-the-Door (1984), Dent, ISBN 0460022644; Janet Adam Smith (1979), John Buchan and His World. Thames & Hudson, ISBN 0500130671; http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0117955
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/buchan.htm
http://www.johnbuchansociety.co.uk/society.htm
http://www.booksfromscotland.com/Authors/John-Buchan


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