The John Buchan Story

Peebles, Scottish Borders

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Crask Books – New John Buchan stock – 18 January 2019

Hello everyone

Shortly before Christmas I took delivery of a collection of over 100 books and intend to send out the information about over a number of Book News emails. The first batch is attached. As usual all prices are in pounds sterling (£) and exclude postage/shipping. To order simply email or telephone me with the reference number and title of he book(s) you would like and I will then confirm availability and the total cost including shipping.

Feel free to contact me with questions about any of the books.

Kind regards

Peter Thackeray

Please click on the pdf link to see the full list.

CRASK BOOKS – JANUARY SALE!

First of all, a Happy New Year to you all.

I know the traditional January sale has been replaced by pre-Christmas sales and, seemingly, all year round sales but I’m old-fashioned. Anyway, I am looking to clear a bit of space in my book store so attached is a list of books all of which are significantly reduced. They cover a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction and also a wide range of prices. Feel free to ask any questions about any of the books on the list. Please note that all prices are in pounds sterling (£) and exclude postage/shipping costs.

To order books:

  • email, telephone or write giving the reference number and title of the book(s) you want.
  • I will confirm availability and reserve the books for you. With the confirmation I will send yo an invoice which will include the postage/shipping cost.
  • Payment may be made by sterling cheque, PayPal or bank transfer. I am unable to take payment by credit/debit card.
  • As soon as possible after receipt of payment I will send the books and confirm despatch.

Shortly before Christmas I bought in a collection of over 100 John Buchan and Buchan-related books and I will begin notifying you of those next week. Many are of high quality and/or rare and unusual.

If you do not wish to receive Book News in future please reply with the single word ‘Delete’.

Kind regards

Peter Thackeray

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Peter Thackeray
Crask Books
1 Halls Brook, East Leake, Loughborough, LE12 6HE, UK
email:     peter.thackeray@ntlworld.com
Telephone: +44(0)7947 733860

“BEYOND THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS” by Ursula Buchan – 18 April 2019

Ursula Buchan’s long-awaited biography is due to be released for publication on 18 April. As part of her extensive research Ursula has been able to draw upon recently discovered family documents as well as a number of major archival collections. In addition to producing a comprehensive record of JB’s life her aim has been to reveal more of ‘the man’, something which has been lacking to some extent in earlier biographies.

The RRP of the book is £25 but you will be able to obtain a copy through Crask Books for £24 inclusive of UK postage. Orders from overseas will attract additional shipping costs which will depend on the destination; those costs will be advised at the time of ordering.

All copies ordered through Crask Books will be signed by Ursula and, in accordance with my usual practice, 5% of my gross profit will be donated to the John Buchan Story.

In order to reserve a copy please email, write to me or telephone me using the attached form below. Orders should reach me no later than Thursday 28 February.

Payment will not be required until the book is available. I am hoping to have copies available for the John Buchan Society weekend in late March and if you are going to be there you will be able to obtain a copy for £20 if pre-ordered or £22 if not.

Peter Thackeray

Crask Books

1 Halls Brook, East Leake, Loughborough, LE12 6HE, UK

email:    peter.thackeray@ntlworld.com

Telephone: +44(0)7947 733860

 

‘John Buchan was a writer of considerable significance but he was also a man who led a remarkable public life. This magnificent biography leads us through that life with great style and understanding’ Alexander McCall Smith

Something to look forward to – “Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps”! – To be released April 2019!

Ursula Buchan read Modern History at Cambridge and was for many years a gardening journalist and author, but has recently turned more to social history, with a study of gardening in the Second World War. She has written 17 books so far. She is a daughter of John Buchan’s second son, William.
It’s been more than twenty years since the last full-length biography of John Buchan was published, so it’s good to know that another one is on the way. Ursula Buchan is at present engaged on writing a ‘life’ of her grandfather, to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing in late 2018, all being well. Ursula is very grateful that she’s been able to study the archives and photographs held in the Museum in Peebles, amongst many other places. Last year, she spent several weeks in Canada, doing research in the archives held by Queen’s University, and visiting the places where John Buchan and his wife, Susan, lived when he was Governor-General. She hopes to finish the book by the end of the year. When asked, she said it was the most fascinating project that she had ever attempted.

 

Ursula Buchan’s long-awaited biography is due to be released for publication on 18 April 2019. As part of her extensive research Ursula has been able to draw upon recently discovered family documents as well as a number of major archival collections. In addition to producing a comprehensive record of JB’s life her aim has been to reveal more of ‘the man’, something which has been lacking to some extent in earlier biographies.

The RRP of the book is £25 but you will be able to obtain a copy through Crask Books for £24 inclusive of UK postage. Orders from overseas will attract additional shipping costs which will depend on the destination; those costs will be advised at the time of ordering.

All copies ordered through Crask Books will be signed by Ursula and, in accordance with my usual practice, 5% of my gross profit will be donated to the John Buchan Story.

In order to reserve a copy please email, write to me or telephone me using the attached form below. Orders should reach me no later than Thursday 28 February.

Payment will not be required until the book is available. I am hoping to have copies available for the John Buchan Society weekend in late March and if you are going to be there you will be able to obtain a copy for £20 if pre-ordered or £22 if not.

Peter Thackeray

Crask Books

1 Halls Brook, East Leake, Loughborough, LE12 6HE, UK

email:    peter.thackeray@ntlworld.com

Telephone: +44(0)7947 733860

 

‘John Buchan was a writer of considerable significance but he was also a man who led a remarkable public life. This magnificent biography leads us through that life with great style and understanding’ Alexander McCall Smith

 

“Many More Than 39 Steps!” – 10th March 2019

The John Buchan Story museum is hosting a special showing of the three Thirty-Nine Steps films on 10 March 2019, The event will be at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles and, of course, refreshments will be available. Details are given below.

 

Please come along and see one or all of the films!

 

 

John Buchan Prize at Sunderland University – Class of 2018: from Trauma to Triumph – November 2018

 

Class of 2018: from trauma to triumph

My attackers made me a victim for the 20 minutes they beat me – they weren’t going to make me a victim for the rest of my life

Anthony Anderson had a love of English for as long as he could remember, but it was only after a horrific attack in his own home that he found the strength to pursue his passion for the written word.

That passion has now led him the stage of the Stadium of Light today to collect his English Master’s Degree and pick up the John Buchan Prize for the Best Dissertation by an MA English Student at the University of Sunderland.  

His lecturers selected his work for the prestigious annual prize for its “exceptional standard” and described him an “incredibly resilient individual and a “real life-changer”.

The attack happened in 2010 when the 36-year-old answered a call at the front door of his flat only to be punched in the face by a man armed with a hammer, this was followed by another four men who dragged him inside, tied him to a chair and beat him for the next 20 minutes as they ransacked his home in Washington.

They broke every bone in his face, and it was only emergency surgery which saved him from being deformed for the rest of his life.

The men were never caught, and it took Anthony a year to recover from his injuries. He endured months of surgery to rebuild the structure of his face with titanium plates and it was six months before he could eat properly with his weight dropping to just eight stone, in his words, he says: “It was a pretty rough time for me”.

Despite the ordeal and having been made redundant from his managerial role with a national bingo and casino chain, it was while he lay recovering, he thought about how to could take his life forward.

“The attack was a traumatic experience to say the least, and the pain after surgery was at times excruciating. I’m well aware the others may have dealt with it differently, but I had a great network of family and friends around me, who helped me focus. The attackers made me a victim for 20 minutes, but they weren’t going to do it for the rest of my life, that’s for sure.”

His love of English and creative writing had never wavered since his school days, but he admits he made the “wrong” choices in his early days from giving up a place at London’s School of Music to completing a History BA degree, before working full-time for 10 years.

He decided he would finally take the plunge back into higher education and completed an English and Creative Writing Course with the Open University, all while working full-time.

He loved the course and was inspired to take his career further by signing up for the Master’s degree at Sunderland, but his confidence of returning to the classroom after such a long time made him apprehensive. However, he says: “If you’re going to do something, time is of the essence, you literally never know what’s going to be around the corner, it’s what I say to the younger students now. Life has a habit of interfering with the best laid plans so I’m of the mindset now – you just go ahead and do it.”

Despite that early wobble, Anthony found university life and his fellow students of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring, and his grades continued to rise.

He also managed to overcome a collapsed lung half way through his term and had to take a month off to recover. Despite the setback he still managed to achieve an 85 per cent grading for his dissertation, based on culturally traumatic events that indelibly marked society from the Holocaust and Slavery right up to the modern #MeToo movement and how Gothic Science Fiction confronts the patriarchal issues in our society.

The work was selected for the John Buchan Prize. John Buchan was a novelist, historian, journalist, politician, soldier and public servant, and is best known for this influential espionage novel, The Thirty-Nine Steps.

Anthony was presented with his award at the University’s Winter Graduation Ceremonies by John Buchan’s granddaughter, Laura Crackanthorpe.

Anthony Anderson with Vice Chancellor, Sir David Bell

Anthony said: “When I started this journey, I never expected to be winning any awards, and this was the first time I’d written a piece like this. So, it was a complete shock when I was told I’d won because John Buchan is legendary, so it’s a huge honour.”

Dr Alison Younger, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sunderland, said: “Anthony thoroughly deserves this award; his work was exceptional, and he was a joy to teach. We were so impressed with his resilience, given all he’s been through, he’s a real life-changer.”

Long term, Anthony, from Washington, wants to eventually teach his beloved English subject, and will begin his PhD next February at Sunderland.

He says: “Studying the Masters made me realise how much I love the research side. Being in this environment you hear about new ideas all the time and it’s exciting. The academics are at the top of their game and it has benefited me from working with people like Alison and Dr Colin Younger, who give you this confidence to go out and do your own work, not just to recycle arguments you’ve heard before, but think about what you want to say. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”

The University of Sunderland’s School of Culture has been working closely with the John Buchan Society and John Buchan Story Museum on a number of collaborative projects.  These have included the digitisation of the Society’s Journal and the redevelopment of the Museum’s website.  For 2018 the Museum, in Peebles, Scotland, helped create a centenary exhibition on John Buchan, as Minister of Information in the final year of World War One.

Steve Watts, Head of the School of Culture, added: “I am delighted with the close collaboration that has been developed with the John Buchan Society and the John Buchan Story Museum.  The University has been working on several projects with the Society and Museum to support them in their aim of making their Journal and artefacts available on-line and accessible to everybody.   

“We would like to join Laura in congratulating Anthony, a truly deserving winner of this year’s John Buchan Prize.”

John Buchan

John Buchan (1875-1940) was born in Perth, Scotland. As well as popular fiction, Buchan was also an historian, diplomat and politician. He was Minister of Information from 1917, was elected to Parliament in 1927, and was appointed Governor General of Canada in 1935, where he died, before his ashes were returned to the UK.

John Buchan’s most famous work, The Thirty Nine Steps, was first published in 1915, and was an instant success, particularly among soliders in the trenches during World War One. The book has been adapted for film, TV, radio, stage and even as a computer game, and has never been out of print.

In 1935 he was given the honour of the First Baron of Tweedsmuir. Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada, was named in his honour.

NOW IN THE MUSEUM! – JB’s Blackfoot Hide Cloak & Gauntlets

The Blackfoot hide cloak and gauntlets were presented to John Buchan, Governor General of Canada by Chief Shot-both-Sides.

The cape is possibly made of deer hide, decorated with fringing and appliquèd satin ribbons with embroidered medallions in the centre and corners.

The gauntlets are hide with glass beadwork floral motifs and a paler hide fringing. They are lined with a quilted satin.

Visit the John Buchan Story museum and see it for real!

2018 Winners of the Runagates Club – 27 August 2018

 

This year’s Runagates Club draw took place on the 27 August – the day after Buchan’s birthday! – in the museum just before Ian Buckingham (Chairman of the Museum Trust) began his talk “John Buchan and the First Nations of Canada”. The photo shows our Treasurer, Peter Macnab, drawing the winning number, 32. The lucky winner with a prize of £390 was William (Bill) Galbraith from Canada. The second prize of £117 (=3x£39) was won by Tom Steele from Peebles with the lucky number of 13.

For further details of the Club please go to the Runagates Club page on this site.

 

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

 

Or read the article on The Herald’s web site: http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/stage/16272528.Irene_Macdougall_gives_voice_to_the_missing_female_characters_of_The_39_Steps/

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

http://www.peeblesshirenews.com/news/peebles/16256655.History_graduate_puts_famous_Scottish_author___s_wartime_propaganda_on_show/

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