Monday, 2 May 2011

The 39 Steps - Our Vintage Classic of the Month!

The 39 Steps by John Buchan

First published in 1915 (just before my time) this neverthless is one of the best espionage novels ever written in my opinion. It has been made into movies many times, sometimes disastrously, but it is only with the whole book that you get the real feel of the story. This novel introduces Richard Hannay for the first time and like subsequent books in the series involve a chase across open country with the life of the hero at stake and sometimes the villain. The book moves at a rapid pace and the villain of the piece is truly dastardly and if like me as a youngster you enjoy a thrilling chase and a baffling solution then this is highly recommended even if you have seen the movie (or one of them). The best movie version I think is the Alfred Hitchcock version starring Robert Donat. Peter M.

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