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SCOTNOTES Study Guides

John Buchan’s

Christopher MacLachlan

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1997
Price: £5.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-34-6

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John Buchan was a prolific author, and can be fairly called the father of the modern thriller genre. Enduringly popular, many of his books have never been out of print: and yet serious critics have had little to say about him, although contemporary writers such as Graham Greene were appreciative of his work.

Christopher MacLachlan’s Scotnote provides a thorough overview and critical appraisal of three Buchan novels, substantially set in Scotland, for senior school pupils and students at all levels.


  • Life of John Buchan
  • Witch Wood:
    • Outline
    • Characters
    • Themes
  • Huntingtower:
    • Outline
    • Characters
    • Themes
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps
    • Outline
    • Characters
    • Themes
  • Sex, Race and Class in John Buchan’s Novels
  • Select Bibliography


Last updated 20 October 2010.