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Friday, September 7, 2018

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF RICHARD HANNAY

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF RICHARD HANNAY

An only child, I was transplanted from England to America when I was eight. Like most kids in similar situations, I didn't fit in. I lost a lot of fights while learning how to fight, and once I'd gained my street fighting skills, nobody wanted to fight anymore. Funny how that happens. But reading was always my refuge and remains so to this day. Somewhere around ten years old, I discovered The 39 Steps by John Buchan. His hero, Richard Hannay, resonated strongly with me. I identified with Hannay's everyman status and his Englishness.

I devoured all five of the Hannay books and two in which he has a minor role. I then moved on to the rest of Buchan's canon, including my favorite non-Hannay, Prester John.

 
Now it appears Scottish writer Robert J. Harris is picking up Buchan's mantle with a new Hannay 'shocker' (as Buchan called his fiction works), The Thirty-One Kings.

 
I can't imagine there are too many readers around today who are familiar with any of Buchan's work beyond The 39 Steps, so I'm dubious of the commercial viability of resurrecting a Bulldog Drummond contemporary, but I'm compelled by my appreciation for Buchan to give this new outing a try...

 
 


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