Posts Tagged ‘John Buchan’

The New Road

March 27, 2008
Neil Munro’s historical novel The New Road was first published in 1914 and John Buchan reviewed it in the Glasgow Herald -saying
It is a privilege to be allowed to express my humble admiration of what seems to me one of the finest romances written in our time. Mr Neil Munro is beyond question the foremost of living Scottish novelists…”
This tale of adventure and betrayal in the Highlands in the years between the two Jacobite risings stands comparison with Stevenson’s Kidnapped but despite this and the praise of Buchan and others it, and all Munro’s other novels, had gone out of print by the 1980s. I was fortunate enough to be able to persuade B&W to reprint this great Scottish novel and to be allowed to write an introduction to it. 

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The Sporting Scot

March 27, 2008
Scotland and sport – and yes, there is more than golf and football!  This anthology of Scottish writing on sport covers such at first sight unlikely sports as baseball and cricket – but then one of the classic accounts of an English village cricket match comes in the very Scottish A G Macdonell’s England, their England.The authors whose work is included in this anthology include Burns, Walter Scott, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Buchan, Neil Munro, Robin Jenkins and William McIlvanney and the sports include curling, angling, shinty and bowls as well as the various codes of football and, naturally, golf – that Royal and Ancient game so associated with Scotland.

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