Scottish novelist John Buchan is best known for writing The Thirty-Nine Steps, a story which resonates so vividly that it’s been adapted for a successful stage show and for the screen four times. Today his granddaughter Ursula Buchan, a public speaker and award winning write in her own right, talks to Sheena McDonald about the man raised by a Free Church Minister father who went on to help pioneer the modern thriller.

Venue: Garden Theatre

Price £12 [£10]

Important information for those planning to book tickets online for the 2019
Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Tickets for Edinburgh International Book Festival go on sale at 8:30am on Tuesday 25 June
Our website is always very busy on the first day of sales. We ask that you visit the site to either remind yourself of your existing login details or set up an account if you don’t have one(instructions below) BEFORE Tuesday 25 June. This will be much quicker than doing it on the first day of booking, because we operate a queuing system on Tuesday 25 June, and having your account ready will allow you to quickly and easily enter the queue to buy tickets.

If you’re new to online booking
If you plan to book tickets online this year but haven’t booked tickets on the Book Festival website before (even if you’ve booked them over the phone or in person previously) pleasecreate an online account for yourself BEFORE Tuesday 25 June.Go to the Login/Register page and enter an email address that  you have regular access to.Leave the password field blank and click ‘Continue’. Complete the registration form.You will receive an email containing a link to activate your account – click on this link to complete the process. If you already have an online account with us
If you have booked tickets for the Book Festival on our website before and plan to do so again for 2019, please visit our website BEFORE Tuesday 25 June, to remind yourself of your login details.Go to the Login/Register page and enter: The email address you used to set up your Book Festival online account.The password you created when setting up your Book Festival online account. Forgotten your password?
If you have forgotten your password, leave the password field blank and click ‘Continue’. An email will be sent to your registered email address containing a link – simply click on this link and follow the instructions to reset your password.

Want to update the email address you use to access your online account?
If you would like to update your account email address, login to your account  using the email address currently registered for your account and update and save your new email address…………………………………………………………………..

Booking Tickets on Tuesday 25 June
Because our opening day of ticket sales is extremely busy, we operate a queuing system on the website, phone lines and counter sales. Follow the instructions above in good time before 8:30am on 25 June so that you are ready to join the website queue when it opens.

Once you have joined the queue online, you can get on with your day – we will send you an email once you’ve reached the front of the queue and it’s your turn to book. Watch thevideobelow for step-by-step instructions on how to book. 

If you encounter any difficulties please contact or call 0131 718 5666 for assistance (10am–5pm, Monday to Friday).
You can browse events in the 2019 programme on our website by author, subject or theme, ordownload a PDF of the printed brochure.