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Prester John

John Buchan Trevor Royle

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Polygon
01 March 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Thriller & suspense
South Africa, 1900. After his father dies, nineteen-year-old David Crawfurd is sent off to South Africa to earn his living as a storekeeper in the back of beyond. A strange encounter on the journey suggests that dark deeds and treacherous intrigues are afoot - all bound up with the mysterious primeval kingdom of Prester John.

Written as a boys' own adventure story and set mostly in South Africa (where Buchan had worked), Prester John was published in 1910 when Buchan was 35. It's a fast-moving thriller in the style of Robert Louis Stevenson and Rider Haggard.
By:   John Buchan
Foreword by:   Trevor Royle
Imprint:   Polygon
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Authorised Edition
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   199g
ISBN:   9781846974052
ISBN 10:   1846974054
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Buchan was a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He published nearly 30 novels and seven collections of short stories. He was born in Perth, an eldest son, and studied at Glasgow and Oxford. In 1901 he became a barrister of the Middle Temple and a private secretary to the High Commissioner for South Africa. In 1907 he married Susan Charlotte Grosvenor and they subsequently had four children. After spells as a war correspondent, Lloyd George's Director of Information and Conservative MP, Buchan moved to Canada in 1935. He served as Governor General there until his death in 1940.

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