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The Runagates Club by John Buchan

The Runagates Club (1928)

by John Buchan

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The Runagates Club is founded after World War One by men who had met each other during the war, generally while engaged in heroic exploits. They take turns telling tales of other adventures they have had. This gives Buchan an opportunity to have several of his series characters -- Richard Hannay, Edward Leithen, Lord Lamancha --and others tell short tales The Richard Hannay story is set in Africa prior to his return to England which led him to The 39 Steps, so it is the earliest bit we have of his career. it involves a very modern Boer young man who unexpectedly reverts to traits of an African ancestor --his family having picked up what Hanny ineleanty calls "a toucvh of the tarburush" at some point. ( )
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An anthology of short stories told through the framing device of storytelling by members of a dining club (who include Richard Hannay and other Buchan heroes).
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These twelve stories are told by the old soldiers of the Runagates Club as they reminisce. Richard Hanny, hero of 'The Thirty-nine Steps', reappears recounting a trek into the bush in 'The Green Wildebeest'. In 'Dr Lartius', John Palliser-Yeates describes an ingenious Secret Service operation during the First World War. A German code is finally broken in 'The Loathly Opposite'.… (more)

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