Nonfiction November continues and this week’s discussion prompt is Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert, hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey.
As Katie explains, there are three ways to join in this week:
- Be The Expert – share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend
- Ask The Expert – put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read
- Become The Expert – create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read
I’m not sure I’d be so bold as to classify myself as an ‘expert’ but, as regular followers of my blog will know, I’ve certainly read a lot about the author John Buchan. So it will come as no surprise that this is the subject I’m focusing on today.
I’ve read plenty of his fiction as part of my Buchan of the Month reading project but here are a few nonfiction gems from my Buchan bookshelf (pictured left).
Links from the titles will take you to my review or the book description on Goodreads.
Beyond The Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan by Ursula Buchan – published earlier this year and written by his granddaughter
John Buchan: A Biography by Janet Adam Smith – the first biography of Buchan, published in 1965, written at the request of his family
John Buchan: The Presbyterian Cavalier by Andrew Lownie
The Interpreter’s House: A Critical Assessment of the Work of John Buchan by David Daniell – the first full-length analysis of Buchan’s writing
Reassessing John Buchan: Beyond The Thirty-Nine Steps edited by Kate MacDonald – a collection of essays by Buchan scholars and enthusiasts
Modern John Buchan: A Critical Introduction by Nathan Waddell – scholarly reflections from a modern perspective on Buchan’s books
John Buchan: By His Wife and Friends by Susan Tweedsmuir
Unforgettable, Unforgotten by Anna Buchan (Buchan’s sister, who wrote novels under the pseudonym O Douglas)
John Buchan: A Memoir by William Buchan (second son of John Buchan and father of Ursula Buchan)
John Buchan and His World by Janet Adam Smith – full of fascinating photographs
Memory Hold-The-Door by John Buchan – the author’s own memoir which he described with customary self-deprecation as ‘not an ordinary autobiography or any attempt to tell the unimportant story of my life’