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Buchan and the Great War: personal loss and national tragedy

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A son of the manse, John Buchan was schooled in Glasgow and went on to attend the University of Glasgow. While studying moral philosophy and the classics, he also wrote poetry and essays for the Glasgow University Magazine in the 1890s which were some of his earliest published works before his great success in 1915 with The Thirty-Nine Steps.

In the 20th century he became the best-selling author in Britain, until his death in 1940. Buchan has over 100 books to his name – fiction, non-fiction, history and biography. In 1935, and now with the title Lord Tweedsmuir, he became Governor-General of Canada at a critical time in its development.

John Buchan (Image: courtesy of the Rt Hon. The Lord Tweedsmuir. All rights reserved.)

In the next Library Talk, on Tuesday 25th November at 7pm, which is presented by The Friends of Glasgow University Library Dr Catriona Macdonald of the…

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