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- The Thirty-Nine Steps (Author) 4,045 copies, 151 reviews
- Greenmantle 1,093 copies, 24 reviews
- Mr. Standfast 482 copies, 11 reviews
- Prester John 454 copies, 8 reviews
- The Three Hostages 429 copies, 10 reviews
- The Island of Sheep 366 copies, 5 reviews
- John Macnab 299 copies, 12 reviews
- Huntingtower 289 copies, 7 reviews
- The Complete Richard Hannay: "The Thirty-Nine Steps","Greenmantle","Mr… 251 copies, 4 reviews
- Witch Wood 207 copies, 3 reviews
- The Four Adventures of Richard Hannay 186 copies, 1 review
- Sick Heart River 178 copies, 3 reviews
- The House of the Four Winds 157 copies, 2 reviews
- Castle Gay 157 copies, 5 reviews
- Memory Hold-the-Door 149 copies, 4 reviews
- The dancing floor 146 copies, 3 reviews
- The free fishers 137 copies, 6 reviews
- The Gap In The Curtain 125 copies, 3 reviews
- The Power-House 119 copies, 6 reviews
- The Courts of the Morning 110 copies, 1 review
- Midwinter 106 copies, 1 review
- The Blanket Of The Dark 104 copies, 1 review
- The Path of the King 99 copies
- The Thirty-Nine Steps [and] The Power-House 86 copies, 6 reviews
- The Runagates Club 85 copies, 1 review
- Salute to Adventurers 84 copies, 1 review
- Stories 72 copies, 2 reviews
- Montrose 69 copies
- Oliver Cromwell 68 copies
- A prince of the captivity 66 copies
- John Burnet of Barns 61 copies, 3 reviews
- Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy (Contributor) 473 copies, 7 reviews
- The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (Contributor) 433 copies, 6 reviews
- Gone to Earth (Introduction, some editions) 301 copies, 5 reviews
- The Spy's Bedside Book (Contributor) 283 copies, 1 review
- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories (Contributor) 164 copies, 1 review
- Faeries: Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy (Contributor) 156 copies, 3 reviews
- The Fantastic Imagination (Contributor) 129 copies
- The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (Contributor) 98 copies, 4 reviews
- The 39 Steps [play] (Original story) 73 copies, 2 reviews
- The Big Book of Adventure Stories (Vintage Original) (Contributor) 71 copies, 2 reviews
- The Penguin Book of First World War Stories (Contributor) 70 copies
- The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (Contributor) 60 copies, 1 review
- Five Spy Novels (Contributor) 43 copies, 1 review
- Scottish Ghost Stories (Contributor) 41 copies
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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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