The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

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The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

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Synopsis

John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps is arguably one of the best mystery and spy novels ever written. The story of Richard Hannay and his adversaries, and how his life was transformed by accident into a new generation of spies, continues to enchant as well as excite. It provides a special insight into an England at the start of World War I.

Excerpt

I returned from the city about three o'clock on that May afternoon pretty well disgusted with life. I had been three months in the old country and was fed up with it. If any one had told me a year ago that I would have been feeling like that, I should have laughed at him, but there was the fact. the weather made me liverish, the talk of the ordinary Englishman made me sick, I couldn't get enough exercise, and the amusements of London seemed as flat as soda-water that has been standing in the sun. "Richard Hannay," I kept telling myself, "you have got into the wrong ditch, my friend, and you had better climb out."

It made me bite my lips to think of the plans I had been building up those last years in Buluwayo. I had got my pile--not one of the big ones but good enough for me; and I had figured out all kinds of ways of enjoying myself. My father had brought me out from Scotland at the age of six, and I had never been home since; so . . .

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