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Old 06-22-2010, 03:45 PM   #13
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I read several of Buchan's thrillers when I was a boy, growing up in the years immediately after WWII. I remember enjoying them, but 'The 39 Steps' was by no means my favourite. Try the South African novels, such as 'Prester John'. There is also a good one set mainly in Scotland, if I remember rightly, in which the hero is a retired grocer, who strikes up a friendship with a bunch of working-class boys from Glasgow while trying to rescue a Russian princess. It's called 'Huntingtower', and it's available on Gutenberg, and it's a good read. Or it was to a nine-year-old boy.
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