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- The Thirty-Nine Steps 4,334 copies, 157 reviews
- Greenmantle 1,169 copies, 27 reviews
- Mr. Standfast 529 copies, 12 reviews
- Prester John 489 copies, 8 reviews
- The Three Hostages 466 copies, 10 reviews
- The Island of Sheep 397 copies, 4 reviews
- John Macnab 327 copies, 12 reviews
- Huntingtower 313 copies, 7 reviews
- The Complete Richard Hannay: "The Thirty-Nine Steps","Greenmantle","Mr… 282 copies, 6 reviews
- Witch Wood 223 copies, 3 reviews
- The Four Adventures of Richard Hannay 200 copies, 2 reviews
- Sick Heart River 195 copies, 3 reviews
- The 39 Steps [1935 film] (Novel) 184 copies, 3 reviews
- The House of the Four Winds 174 copies, 3 reviews
- Castle Gay 170 copies, 5 reviews
- Memory Hold-the-Door 162 copies, 4 reviews
- The dancing floor 161 copies, 3 reviews
- The free fishers 152 copies, 7 reviews
- The Gap In The Curtain 135 copies, 3 reviews
- The Power-House 125 copies, 6 reviews
- The Courts of the Morning 123 copies, 1 review
- The Blanket Of The Dark 118 copies, 2 reviews
- Midwinter 118 copies, 1 review
- The Path of the King 109 copies
- The Thirty-Nine Steps [and] The Power-House 95 copies, 6 reviews
- Salute to Adventurers 95 copies, 1 review
- The Runagates Club 91 copies, 1 review
- Stories 77 copies, 3 reviews
- A prince of the captivity 75 copies
- Oliver Cromwell 75 copies
- John Burnet of Barns 73 copies, 3 reviews
- Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy (Contributor) 500 copies, 8 reviews
- The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (Contributor) 462 copies, 6 reviews
- Gone to Earth (Introduction, some editions) 323 copies, 7 reviews
- The Spy's Bedside Book (Contributor) 297 copies, 1 review
- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories (Contributor) 173 copies, 2 reviews
- Faeries: Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy (Contributor) 164 copies, 4 reviews
- The Fantastic Imagination (Contributor) 135 copies
- The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (Contributor) 108 copies, 4 reviews
- The Big Book of Adventure Stories (Vintage Original) (Contributor) 86 copies, 3 reviews
- The 39 Steps [play] (Original story) 82 copies, 2 reviews
- The Penguin Book of First World War Stories (Contributor) 75 copies
- The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (Contributor) 62 copies, 1 review
- Chilling Horror Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (Contributor) 48 copies
- Five Spy Novels (Contributor) 45 copies, 1 review
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Buchan was the son of a Free Church minister, and grew up in Fife, spending many holidays at his grandparents' house in the Scottish borders. He read classics at Glasgow University, winning a scholarship that enabled him to continue his studies at Oxford.
After graduating, he went to South Africa in the aftermath of the Boer War as aide to Alfred Milner. He enjoyed this work, and had hopes of a career in the colonial service, but it came to nothing. After an unsuccessful attempt to make his way as a lawyer, he went into publishing. In 1907, he linked himself to the English aristocracy by marrying the Duke of Westminster's cousin, Susan Grosvenor.
In the years immediately before World War I, he started to make a name for himself as a writer of adventure stories. The most celebrated, The Thirty-nine steps, appeared in 1915.
During World War I he continued to write adventure stories in between propaganda work for the government and reporting the war for the Times. Amongst other things, he produced a multi-volume popular history of the war, more-or-less in real time.
After the war, Buchan settled down in a country house outside Oxford, churning out quantities of biographies and historical novels as well as the popular adventure stories featuring Richard Hannay, Sir Edward Leithen, and Dickson McCann. He also became a Unionist MP, holding minor ministerial appointments. He also held minor ceremonial appointments, twice serving as lord high commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
In 1935 he was appointed Governor-General of Canada. At the time, this was an appointment that went with a peerage, so he became Baron Tweedsmuir. He died, whilst still in office, in 1940.
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