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Oundle Festival of Literature presents
Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps
Thursday, 1st August
7:45pm - 8:45pm
St Peter's Church
North Street, PE8 4AL
Early bird £1 off till 25th July
Ursula Buchan will be in conversation with Adam Begley, author of Updike and The Great Nadar, on her life of John Buchan and the art of writing biography.
Written with unprecedented access to documents, papers and photographs held by Buchan’s family, Ursula Buchan brings her grandfather John Buchan to life in a major new biography of the man who created the modern spy thriller.
John Buchan's name is known across the world for The Thirty-Nine Steps. In the past one hundred years the classic thriller has never been out of print and has inspired numerous adaptations for film, television, radio and stage, beginning with the celebrated version by Alfred Hitchcock.
Yet there was vastly more to 'JB'. He wrote more than a hundred books - fiction and non-fiction - and a thousand articles for newspapers and magazines. He was a scholar, antiquarian, barrister, colonial administrator, journal editor, literary critic, publisher, war correspondent, director of wartime propaganda, member of parliament and imperial proconsul - given a state funeral when he died, a deeply admired and loved Governor-General of Canada.
Ursula is an award-winning journalist and author, having written eighteen books and contributed regularly to the Spectator, Observer, Independent, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Telegraph and The Garden.