Picture of John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps; twentieth century Scottish Literature
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Buchan to "Bond, James Bond"
On this day in 1875, the lawyer-politician-writer John Buchan was born, in Perth, Scotland. Buchan wrote prolifically and in almost all genres, but he is best known for his spy-adventure novels, particularly the first "Richard Hannay" book, The Thirty-Nine Steps. Most give Buchan credit for the kind of espionage thriller -- he called them "shockers" -- that would eventually arrive at James Bond.

 

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