The Thirty-Nine Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps

John Buchan / Apr 03, 2020

The Thirty Nine Steps Adventurer Richard Hannay just returned from South Africa is thoroughly bored with London life until he is accosted by a mysterious American who warns him of an assassination plot that could comple

  • Title: The Thirty-Nine Steps
  • Author: John Buchan
  • ISBN: 9780140011302
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • Adventurer Richard Hannay, just returned from South Africa, is thoroughly bored with London life until he is accosted by a mysterious American, who warns him of an assassination plot that could completely destabalise the fragile political balance of Europe Initially sceptical, Hannay nonetheless harbours the man but one dayreturns home to find him murdered An obvious sAdventurer Richard Hannay, just returned from South Africa, is thoroughly bored with London life until he is accosted by a mysterious American, who warns him of an assassination plot that could completely destabalise the fragile political balance of Europe Initially sceptical, Hannay nonetheless harbours the man but one dayreturns home to find him murdered An obvious suspect, Hannay flees to his native Scotland, pursued by both the police and a cunning, ruthless enemy His life and the security of Britan are in grave peril, and everything rests on the solution to a baffling enigma what are the thirty nine steps

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        John Buchan 1st Baron Tweedsmuir was a Scottish novelist and public servant who combined a successful career as an author of thrillers, historical novels, histories and biographies with a parallel career in public life At the time of his death he was Governor General of Canada Buchan was educated at Glasgow and Oxford Universities After a brief career in law he went to South Africa in 1902 where he contributed to the reconstruction of the country following the Boer War His love for South Africa is a recurring theme in his fiction.On returning to Britain, Buchan built a successful career in publishing with Nelsons and Reuters During the first world war, he was Director of Information in the British government He wrote a twenty four volume history of the war, which was later abridged.Alongside his busy public life, Buchan wrote superb action novels, including the spy catching adventures of Richard Hannay, whose exploits are described in The Thirty Nine Steps, Greenmantle, Mr Standfast, The Three Hostages, and The Island of Sheep.Apart from Hannay, Buchan created two other leading characters in Dickson McCunn, the shrewd retired grocer who appears in Huntingtower, Castle Gay, and The House of the Four Winds and the lawyer Sir Edward Leithen, who features in the The Power House, John Macnab, The Dancing Floor, The Gap in the Curtain and Sick Heart River.From 1927 to 1935 Buchan was Conservative M.P for the Scottish Universities, and in 1935, on his appointment as Governor General to Canada, he was made a peer, taking the title Baron Tweedsmuir During these years he was still productive as a writer, and published notable historical biographies, such as Montrose, Sir Walter Scott, and Cromwell.When he died in Montreal in 1940, the world lost a fine statesman and story teller.The John Buchan Society was founded in 1979 to encourage continuing interest in his life, works and legacy Visit the website johnbuchansociety and follow the Society on Twitter twitter johnbuchansoc and Facebook facebook johnbuchansociety.See also enpedia wiki John_Buchan and Encyclopeadia BritannicaLibrarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.


    1. ”I know what it is to feel lonely and helpless and to have the whole world against me, and those are things that no men or women ought to feel.” Richard Hanney in The 39 Steps. In the edition that I read Toby Buchan, grandson of John Buchan, wrote an introduction that was almost an apology. About half way through the book I understood the need for an apology. The book pales in comparison to the movie. The writing is jaunty and for a while sustains the reader, but soon I was searching despera [...]

    2. Scotsman John Buchan’s fabulous The Thirty-Nine Steps is rightly considered a seminal classic in the Adventure/Spy genre and it is for good reason it was on The Guardian’s Best 100 English Novels list at #42.This exciting tale of espionage defined the man-on-the-run tale in breathless fashion, and was the first of the author’s Richard Hannay tales. What remains remarkable is the contemporary prose. Though it takes place before the first World War, offering insight into the view of what was [...]

    3. I am currently working my way through the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and decided to read Buchan's short mystery/spy novel because it seemed like a quick and easy option to take me a step closer to maybe one day completing the list. I never imagined it would be such a painfully boring slog. Some books made the big list because they are actually good, some because they are (or were) scandalous, some because they are so far away from pretty much everything else that's been writ [...]

    4. Run-of-the-mill OUTMODED thriller. With conventions that pile on and on like wretched clichés, "The 39 Steps" is somewhat thrilling, somewhat entertaining. A sure predecessor to "The Fugitive," it has our main man running from the law while hiding and acting the parts of the British lower classes. The theme being that camouflage is the best defense, while you're out on the offense.There's reverse psychology, the usurping of identities, and the amateur loss of evidence (here, a motor-car, a bicy [...]

    5. I LIKE THE CUT OF YOUR JIBIn this mercifully short ur-thriller our hero is the kind of guy who has an inbuilt trustometer which is activated by looking. He looks at another man and instantly can tell if he’s the decent, upstanding, plucky sort or the low, conniving, blackguard sort. He was very young, but he was the man for my money. P30I saw by this man’s eyes that he was the kind you can trust p43Other men also have this impressive power of instant worthiness assessment :He watched me with [...]

    6. Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.A fairly conceited man gets embroiled in a rather far-fetched murder-cum-political-conspiracy that can only be described as Man Walks Through A Lot Of Heather. Mercifully short, this book could have been even shorter if we didn't have to follow Mr Hannay the length and breadth of Scotland, only to hear about his aching feet.Fairly regular stuff, adventurous without too much danger to quicken your pac [...]

    7. How can a classic be so bad? Melodramatic, as expected, but Buchan piles improbability upon improbability insulting your intelligence until by the end you just want to slap him. This is an important book in that it sprung many imitators, and some claim it is the start of the spy genre. It has been filmed three times, adapted for radio and television, inspired the chase film genre, and certainly it gave Alfred Hitchcock his basic subject. Buchan was a political man, and he uses the book for a lit [...]

    8. When it was first published, this novel must have been fascinating reading. At the time the UK was at war with Germany and there were no doubt German spies in the country. The book was initially serialised in a magazine and many chapters end on the proverbial cliff hanger. As a result the story is fast paced and full of action.In a dedication before the book John Buchan describes the book as a “dime novel” or “shocker” where ‘… the incidents defy the probabilities and march just insi [...]

    9. This is a novel the literary importance of which I have no trouble appreciating. First published in 1915, it's the ancestor of the espionage thriller genre featuring the rugged-man-of-action-on-the-run style of hero. I would probably have enjoyed it more if I was a regular reader of that genre. I'm not and consequently I was distinctly underwhelmed. What I didn't like about the work first. For me, the main problem is that the plot pushes the concept of implausibility to its extreme limits. I'm g [...]

    10. I hadn't heard of this book until recently, when it made a surprise appearance on The Guardian's Best 100 English Novels list. It's an early spy novel, written in 1915 and set just before WWI, and a smashing and brisk read. It was written by a John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, and I did not make that up. Baron Tweedsmuir. Baron Tweedsmuir, at your service sirrahIt cites Kipling and Conrad as influences, appropriately, and there's some mention of Holmes as well, but its primary influence is clea [...]

    11. This was better than the previous books I had finished reading, however, the thriller just didn’t flow very comfortably for me personally. It was short, some of the details about Hannay while he was on the run from the police force were long and at times, quite boring to read about. The climax I felt was short and ended rather abruptly. I did like the visual settings and the dialogue however which potentially saved the story for me. As of right now, I won’t be continuing on with the series, [...]

    12. I get that this was an "old school" audio, but it still needs to be clearly audible for anyone to enjoy it and this was not. I'm bummed.

    13. Thanks to the extremely cheap "Penguin Classics" series, this summer I've had a chance to catch up on a heap of books I might not otherwise have read. In the spy-thriller genre, there was Erskine Childers' "Riddle of the Sands", and this book by John Buchan.Of course, I'd seen the Hitchcock film, but didn't really remember much of it. Someone posted a question, wondering if the book matches the excellence of the movie. In a word: "absolutely". I read the first chapter several weeks ago, then put [...]

    14. The book is very different from its film adaptation by Hitchcock. Less humor and suspense in the original work, but still a good time playing with this spy novel.

    15. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)Well well, so once again it's time for another edition of "Book Versus Movie," a concept I frankly ripped off from the Onion AV Club, in which I both read a book and see the movie based on that book in the same week, and end up writing mini-reviews of both at the same time. (Don't bother looking for the [...]

    16. Βασικό πλεονέκτημα, η οικονομία. Μέσα σε περίπου 14ο σελίδες λέει όσα οι μεταγενέστεροί του χρειάζονται 500-600 σελίδες για να ολοκληρώσουν. Χωρίς περιττές ψυχολογικές αναλύσεις, χωρίς εγκυκλοπαιδικές παραθέσεις, χωρίς φτιασίδια. Απλή περιπέτεια, με αρχή, μέση και τέλος.

    17. Blink and you might miss this 1001 book listed novella which weighs in at around 100 pages. The Thirty-Nine steps was the book which spawned Richard Hannay, gallant man-about-town, colonial adventurer and official holder of the title, "Man with the stiffest upper lip in the British Empire", that is of course until James Bond exploded off the page in a miasma of cigarette smoke and dinner jackets in 1953.Hannay sets the pace for the spy-thriller-action-adventure-life-and-limb genre which has sinc [...]

    18. I first learned of this book when it was brought up on an episode of the Reading Envy podcast, and I could not resist reading this early spy novel.The novel is in the public domain, and has been made available in audio by Librivox. Jesse at SFF Audio took those files and edited them into one track to make it easier to download. Then he invited some friends to discuss the book - I learned a few things from that discussion that helped place the book in context.The book is short, and that probably [...]

    19. A dated mystery/thriller certainly not politically correct by any means. ( I did wince once or twice when reading). However I do enjoy these type of novels, one man up against seemingly insurmountable odds. I did like the "hero" of the story Richard Hannay, a very resourceful man even though I felt he was just a tad too trusting at times.Loved the atmosphere and the scenes of the beautiful Scottish countryside. A shorter read but worth a look at.

    20. Just an old-fashioned spy thriller filled with adventure and mayhem. While sometimes ridiculous to a fault with the numerous disguises, I found it very entertaining in a James Bond sort of way. A short fast read with a unique ending. Now I really must see the Alfred Hitchcock version of the movie!

    21. Richard Hannay's been feeling bored with his life in London. Reading the paper one morning, Hannay sees something about a politician he admires, and next thing he knows, he's conjured an anti-semite out of thin air to spin yarns in his parlor and tell him there is a plot to kill the admirable politician and launch Britain and Germany into war. Luckily for Hannay, this anti-semite is murdered mysteriously, leaving Hannay looking pretty suspicious, so what can he do but become the author's wish-fu [...]

    22. The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) was published just prior to the start of WWI, and the political intrigue surrounding that figured prominently in the plot. So it's an international spy mystery with just a hint of comic relief. I listened to the LibreVox recording, narrated by Adrian Praetzellis, and was thoroughly entertained. His gift of imitating accents and applying his voice so well to the different characters set a tone that I would have missed if I had read the book.

    23. A tautly written tale which will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. It's very easy to see why this has received multiple film adaptations. My only criticism would be I was disappointed in the ending after the suspenseful build up.

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    25. Quite a ride! I enjoyed Hannay and will read more in the series. Most of the characters Hannay met in his travels were interesting. I especially liked Turnbull. Hannay reminds me of Haggard's Allan Quatermain in that they are both reserved and think of themselves as rather ordinary men.

    26. Not even the shortness of this can keep me from DNF:ing it (at 23 %) just days after my last. Flat characters making far reaching illogical decisions based on gut reactions to highly unrealistic situations.

    27. The above description (which I wrote --it didn't have one before, only an unilluminating, seemingly random quotation from the book) gives you a one-sentence idea of the type of book this is, and the setting/milieu. Like his protagonist, Richard Hannay (who appears in other Buchan works as well), the author had spent considerable time in southern Africa, and led an adventurous life. Novels of espionage in 1915 were in their infancy; but the outbreak of World War I, and the climate of intrigue tha [...]

    28. The Thirty-Nine Steps, published in 1915, was the first of Scottish novelist John Buchan’s five Richard Hannay espionage novels.Buchan produced both fiction and non-fiction and wrote in a variety of genres including some excellent horror stories and even what could be described as a paranormal adventure novel (The Gap in the Curtain). Buchan was also a successful politician and ended his career as governor-General of Canada (as Lord Tweedsmuir).But it is for the Richard Hannay novels that he i [...]

    29. This book is nearly 100 years old and outdated attitudes aside it hasn't really aged a day. You may call The 39 Steps the Grandfather of the modern thriller and mean it in a semi-disparaging way, but in the sense that the Grandfather is the mould from which a million grandchildren are formed you'd be correct. Sadly the thriller in popular fiction has largely ignored Darwin's theory of evolution and as such most modern day fare consists of misformed jelly that wasn't allowed time to set, a xerox [...]

    30. 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 movie versions.

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