#NonficNov Nonfiction November: Be The Expert


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

20180510_094523I’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

Literary Criticism
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’


10 thoughts on “#NonficNov Nonfiction November: Be The Expert

  1. So many books about him! In a nutshell, what makes him such a fascinating person that so many would write about him? I know nothing about him so I’m curious.


  2. How interesting! I have only read ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’ which I liked. It was a little bit of a chock to read it though, since I have seen the film several times, and really like it. The book was a little bit different. I would love to read more about him and of him. I will add to my to read list, some of the books you recommend. Thank you for sharing your interest.


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