Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan
Monday, 1 April 2019
Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre
£7 - £12.50
Journalist and writer Ursula Buchan explains how there was much more to her grandfather John Buchan than the writing of the classic thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps for which he is best known.
John Buchan wrote more than 100 books and was a scholar, antiquarian, barrister, colonial administrator, journal editor, literary critic, publisher, war correspondent, director of wartime propaganda, member of parliament and imperial proconsul. Ursula Buchan has used recently discovered family documents to write a comprehensive biography of a man who began life as the son of a Free Church minister in Glasgow’s Gorbals and married into the aristocratic Grosvenor family.
Ursula Buchan is an award-winning gardening journalist and writer. Her books include Garden Media Guild award-winner Garden People: Valerie Finnis and the Golden Age of Gardening and A Green and Pleasant Land: How England’s Gardeners Fought the Second World War.
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