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Ursula Buchan

Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps:  A Life of John Buchan

Ursula Buchan

Monday, 1 April 2019

2:00pm

1 hour

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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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden