The John Buchan Story

Peebles, Scottish Borders

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ITV Award for the Watch Border Life 2017 programme on the John Buchan Museum – 9 June 2018

On the 9th June 2018, the John Buchan episode took the Bronze award for the Watch Border Life feature programme 2017 at the ITV one awards

To watch the programme please click on the following link:

Irene Macdougall gives voice to the missing female characters of The 39 Steps – Neil Cooper, Theatre critic, The Herald, 7 June 2018

“The Thirty-Nine Steps” takes to stage again! This article appeared in the Herald on the 7 June 2018.!


Irene Macdougall gives voice to the missing female characters of The 39 Steps


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Crask Books – Latest News from Peter Thackeray! – 15 June 2018

A good response to the recent email about US editions with a large proportion sold but still a few left. This time the focus is on JB’s non-fiction works. In my view these are hugely under-read because of the high profile of his novels. But, as I have probably remarked before, a good writer is a good writer and many of his non-fiction works are good reads in themselves. His biographies are generally thorough and he brings out the character of his subject well – Cromwell and Scott are prime examples of this – and some of his shorter ‘memoirs’ are also worth reading. His writing about the war is, I believe, always sensitive and sympathetic without ever becoming maudlin.

The attached list is entirely of his non-fiction writing, almost exclusively first editions and, most noteworthy of all, nearly all have a dustwrapper, a good number of them very rare.

As always the price excludes shipping and you can order by email, telephone or post and orders are dealt with strictly on a first come, first served basis.


Peter Thackeray
Crask Books

Telephone: +44(0)7947 733860


History graduate puts famous Scottish author’s wartime propaganda on show – Peeblesshire News 29 May 2018

Emma Small’s work for the John Buchan Story has reached the Peeblesshire News. To read the  article, please click on the line below

Buchan’s work as propaganda chief explored in new exhibition – The Herald, 17 May 2018 by Phil Miller

HE was the Scottish writer of spy adventures and international intrigue.

Now the wartime propaganda work of John Buchan, creator of The Thirty Nine Steps, can be shown in a new light by a major new exhibition at the museum dedicated to his work.

Buchan, as well as being a world famous writer, directed wartime information for the government in the First World War, and a new study of his propaganda career shows how the writer worked in a atmosphere of intrigue and turmoil.

The new exhibition, at the John Buchan Story Museum in Peebles, delves into the work of Buchan, born in Perth in 1875, when he was Director of Information.

The show, compiled by Emma Small, a history graduate of the University of Sunderland, traces his work from 1916 to 1919 and shows how his position influenced his novel Mr Standfast, which was published in 1919.

The museum’s work was hindered by the “thorough” way Buchan destroyed nearly all his paperwork from his time at the Government.

Dr Peter Worthington, chair of the John Buchan Story, said the research showed that Buchan’s time as director was marred by opposition from the Daily Chronicle, a newspaper of the time and the ambitions of Sir Robert Donald, its editor.

The Chronicle ran from 1872 to 1930, and Sir Robert was on the advisory committee of the Department of Information, and made Buchan’s life difficult with his scheming for position.

Dr Worthington added: “What intrigued us was the very difficult relationship Buchan had with the Chronicle, and that its editor essentially wanted to do Buchan’s job.”

Buchan, he said, “never got on with Lloyd George”.

David Lloyd George, the British Prime Minister, who was a friend for a time with Donald, went on to buy the Chronicle.

“I think a lot of people of course known Buchan for his writing, but this exhibition casts a new light on his work in the war years,” he added.

“Without Emma’s contribution the current exhibition would not have been possible.

History graduate puts John Buchan’s wartime propaganda on show – Press Release from Sunderland University

We are pleased to announce the release to the press of Emma Small’s work for the new exhibition on John Buchan’s war-time role. The full press release is here:



JOHN BUCHAN STORY – the 2018 season!

We are pleased to announce that we are open for our sixth full season.

Our new exhibition focuses on the work of Buchan in 1918 as the Director of Information which involved making effective use of Britain’s war-time propaganda campaign. We trace Buchan’s progress from 1916 to 1919 – what a battle with politicians!


Last year’s exhibition on the Battle of Arras in featured on our  32-inch tablet along much of our archive material. This gives us the opportunity to show material hitherto locked away!


Those who have visited us in previous years will notice that the front of the museum has been brightened with the addition of a banner and a new window image:



The John Buchan Society – January 2018 Newsletter

The latest, January 2018,  John Buchan Society’s Newsletter is now available.

Please click on the link below to read the pdf version.




Episode 10 – John Buchan – Sick Heart River by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Scottish Literature

To listen to this fascinating programme:

Episode 10 – John Buchan – Sick Heart River by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Scottish Literature

please click on the link below:


It is an hour long but well worth it!

Sunderland University – “The John Buchan Prize for best M.A. English Dissertation (November 2017)

On the 29 November 2017, Deborah Stewartby and Peter Worthington journeyed to Sunderland University to present the John Buchan Prize to Andrew (Andy) McCabe. This is the first time the prize has been awarded and we hope that over the years it will help to spread knowledge of John Buchan in the academic world.


Please click on the link below to read the press release from Sunderland University.

The Certificate signed by Lord Tweedsmuir and Steve Watts of Sunderland University


Andy dashing to be greeted by the Vice-Chancellor



Lady Stewartby presenting the Certificate and prize to Andrew with his tutors, Colin and Alison Younger, and Peter Worthington  in the background



Lady Stewartby and Andrew with Steve Watts (Head of the School of Culture) and Peter Worthington  in the background


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