The Runagates Club is the seventh book in my John Buchan reading project, Buchan of the Month 2019. You can find out more about the project and my reading list for 2019 here. What follows is a (spoiler-free) introduction to The Runagates Club. It is also an excuse to show off my two copies of the book: a Hodder & Stoughton edition from July 1929 and an undated Nelson edition. I will be publishing my review of the book later in the month.
The Runagates Club, a collection of short stories told around the dining table by members of the fictional private club of the title, was published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton on 12th July 1928. The majority of the twelve stories in the collection had appeared in Pall Mall magazine between September 1927 and May 1928. In the United States, The Runagates Club was published in novel form by Houghton Mifflin on 13th July 1928. It was the last collection of John Buchan’s short stories published in his lifetime.
Compared with his adventure stories (or as Buchan termed them, his ‘shockers’), Buchan’s short story collections had less commercial success. Even so, Janet Adam Smith reports that combined sales for the Hodder & Stoughton edition and later Nelson edition of The Runagates Club totalled 85,000 copies by 1960.
Janet Adam Smith, John Buchan: A Biography (OUP, 1985 )
Kenneth Hillier and Michael Ross, The First Editions of John Buchan: A Collector’s Illustrated Biography (Avonworld, 2008)
Kate Macdonald, John Buchan: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction (McFarland, 2009)