A son of the manse, John Buchan was schooled in Glasgow and went on to attend the University of Glasgow. While studying moral philosophy and the classics, he also wrote poetry and essays for the Glasgow University Magazine in the 1890s which were some of his earliest published works before his great success in 1915 with The Thirty-Nine Steps.
In the 20th century he became the best-selling author in Britain, until his death in 1940. Buchan has over 100 books to his name – fiction, non-fiction, history and biography. In 1935, and now with the title Lord Tweedsmuir, he became Governor-General of Canada at a critical time in its development.
In the next Library Talk, on Tuesday 25th November at 7pm, which is presented by The Friends of Glasgow University Library Dr Catriona Macdonald of the College of Arts will speak about John Buchan and the Great War of 1914-18, his involvement, his writings and his personal story.
The Talk takes place in the newly created Talk Lab – room 306, Library level 3, and is open to Friends, visitors and students.
Dr Macdonald is a Reader in Late Modern Scottish History, Head of Scottish History in the School of Humanities, and among many other posts is co-editor of the bi-annual Scottish Historical Review.
You can find out details of the Friends of GUL other planned talks on their events page here.