Ursula Buchan studied modern history at New Hall, Cambridge, and horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She 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. She is a daughter of John Buchan's second son, William.
[An] outstanding biography ... Though factual, it reads like a big, rambling Victorian novel, and takes you, as novels do, into other people's lives -- John Cary * Sunday Times * Page-turning, buccaneering stuff -- Laura Freeman * The Times * Apart from Buchan's relentless work ethic, what shines forth from these pages is his generosity of spirit ... Ursula Buchan shows a similar generosity of spirit in this wonderfully fluent biography -- Justin Marozzi * Financial Times * Excellent ... [Ursula Buchan] gives us a strong sense of both the man and his milieu -- Allan Massie * Spectator * 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 Drawing on recently discovered family documents, this fascinating biography grants us the fullest picture of Buchan and his public and private life that we have ever had. Perhaps it will inspire some overdue screen adaptations of the `rollicking adventure stories' of this most visual of novelists * Country Life * The great strength of this book is to make Buchan not just the writer of shockers , but a man whose influence helped change government policy ... Ursula Buchan has done an admirable piece of work ... She rightly puts his faith at the centre of the book and this lays a line towards a reimagination of Buchan -- Stuart Kelly * i * Buchan's thrillers exploited contemporary events (and anxieties) which made them extensions of his political life. Both are integral to this excellent book in which Ursula Buchan has balanced her grandfather's public and literary achievements with his family life and internal tensions. He emerges as a thoroughly decent man and she as a brilliant biographer * Standpoint * [An] exemplary, diligent biography -- William Boyd * New Statesman *