February Meetup [CRIME]: John Buchan: The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)

We might be in the mood for love but February's theme is Crime and the winning book is....

John Buchan's 'The Thirty-Nine Steps' (1915)

Nominated by Charlotte Lee and here's why:

"I would like to read John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps, as i have meant to do so for some time. Perhaps others might too? And if Hitchcock took to it, it can't be too bad! The slightly lucklustre Guardian precis (given it makes the 1000 top books) is:

"Buchan tossed off shockers such as this in the intervals of a highly successful public career. This yarn introduces his series hero, Richard Hannay, and is set on the nervous eve of the first world war. Hannay, a mining engineer, returns from Africa to London where he encounters an American, Franklin P Scudder, who has uncovered a German spy ring, the Black Stone. Scudder is murdered. Hannay is suspected and goes on the run to Scotland — pursued by British police and Hun assassins. He resourcefully cracks the "thirty-nine steps" code and thus saves England. The novel was filmed by Hitchcock (who introduced romantic interest) in 1935." JS - Guardian Website http://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/jan/18/1000-novels-crime-part-one"

Good Reads Reviews: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2713421-the-thirty-nine-steps?from_search=true

Copies are available from

Play.com £1.32 free P&P


Amazon Kindle - Free: £0.00



Amazon Marketplace - £1.89 free P&P


For the more ethical purchasers out there why not try The Green Metropolis Charity Book Site: £3.75 inc. P&P



Or you can try your Local Library: (You can now request a transfer from another Borough of Hounslow library for no extra charge)


or Oxfam Bookshop:





(Please note we have restricted the RSVP settings so members will only be able to RSVP one month before the actual date of the meet-up.)


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  • Charlotte L.

    Thanks for organising guys. A good book which was, as ever, more enjoyable as result of good discussion and other views. Looking forward to Roy next month.

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • iain

    Big thanks to Rachel for co-organising book club last night.It was a lovely evening spent in the company of lovely chatty people.To the "usual suspects", as always, it was a pleasure to see and chat to you.:D To the first attenders, we hope you enjoyed the evening, do come along again.

    The 39 steps-the prototype spy novel of the 20th century, I liked this book,Hoorah for Hannay! :D

    February 12, 2014

  • Terri

    I am so sorry! I finished the book yesterday and was looking forward to discussing but I am still stuck at work on an emergency project and don't think I can make it tonight.

    February 11, 2014

  • Helen L.

    I just finished playing vets (my job is weird)and it takes me 45 minutes to get there... Maybe not! Silvia I'm really sorry if you were counting on me!

    February 11, 2014

  • Tiranth

    I too am very sorry for the late notice, but have been battling cold & fever all day. Meetings spent in air-conditioned rooms have made it worse. A good read and saw the play as well. Shame, as I was looking forward to it

    February 11, 2014

  • Clare C.

    Maybe the curse of the newbie but I will also miss my first planned group. One of my children was taken ill at nursery so I shall only be discussing The Gruffalo and We're going on a bear hunt this evening, unfortunately. Apologies.

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • Charlotte I.

    I'm sorry for the short notice but I'm sick from work today so can't make it tonight. I did my homework and read the book though! Hopefully I can be there next time.

    1 · February 11, 2014

    • iain

      Hi Charlotte, hope you get better soon.Thank you for the update,see you at the next book night! :)

      February 11, 2014

  • iain

    If you cannot make Tomorrows' bookclub night.Can you change your RSVPs. Many thanks :D

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • John S.

    I'm sorry but I won't be able to make it this week either. I hope you all have a great meetup.

    February 10, 2014

  • mairead c.

    I'm afraid I can't make it this week after all. Have a lovely time everyone.

    February 10, 2014

  • Charlotte I.

    This will be my first time attending and I'm coming alone. How will I know which group is the book club? Thanks :)

    February 5, 2014

    • Rachel G.

      Hi - it's pretty easy to find us. We're at the back of the pub on the left. We're usually the biggest group of people there, you can't miss us.

      1 · February 6, 2014

    • Charlotte I.


      February 8, 2014

  • John S.

    My apologies, I will not be able to make tonight's meetup.

    February 4, 2014

    • Rosemary W.

      It's next Tuesday, isn't it?

      February 4, 2014

    • John S.

      Thanks for that. See you next week.

      1 · February 7, 2014

  • Nadya

    Really sorry. Have not managed to read the book yet

    February 4, 2014

  • Rachel G.

    The meetup is next week so you haven't missed it.

    February 4, 2014

  • David E.

    Apologies I now can't make it. Have read the book so i have done the homework!

    February 4, 2014

  • Victoria

    Will not be in London unfortunately!

    January 28, 2014

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