John Buchan was born in Perth. His father was a minister of the Free Church of Scotland; and in 1876 the family moved to Fife where in order to attend the local school the small boy had to walk six miles a day. Later they moved again to the Gorbals in Glasgow and John Buchan went to Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow University (by which time he was already publishing articles in periodicals) and Brasenose College, Oxford. His years at Oxford - 'spent peacefully in an enclave like a monastery' - nevertheless opened up yet more horizons and he published five books and many articles, won several awards including the Newdigate Prize for poetry and gained a First. His career was equally diverse and successful after university and, despite ill-health and continual pain from a duodenal ulcer, he played a prominent part in public life as a barrister and Member of Parliament, in addition to being a writer, soldier and publisher. In 1907 he married Susan Grosvenor, and the marriage was supremely happy. They had one daughter and three sons. He was created Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield in 1935 and became the fifteenth Governor-General of Canada, a position he held until his death in 1940. 'I don't think I remember anyone,' wrote G. M. Trevelyan to his widow, 'whose death evoked a more enviable outburst of sorrow, love and admiration.'
Greenmantle' is John Buchan's second novel featuring the character of Richard Hannay and was first published in 1916 by Hodder & Stoughton, London. Greenmantle is one of two Hannay novels set during the First World War, 'Mr Standfast' (1919) being the other. Hannay's most famous adventure, 'The Thirty-Nine Steps' (1915), is set just after the war. The chapters of this book include: 'A Mission is Proposed', 'The Gathering of the Missionaries', 'Peter Pienaar', 'Adventures of Two Dutchmen on the Loose', 'Further Adventures of the Same', 'The Indiscretions of the Same', 'Christmastide', 'The Essen Barges', et cetera. We are republishing this vintage book now complete with a new biography of the author.