• 1745. Agent de Charles Stuart qui entreprend la reconquête du trône anglais, le jeune Alastair Maclean croise les destinées de Midwinter, curieux seigneur des marges anglaises ; de la belle Claudia Norreys et de son traître et veule époux ; de Nicholas Kyd, bon vivant ambigu ; et de l'absurde et sagace Samuel Johnson, qui deviendra son fidèle ami. Dans une sauvage Angleterre magnifiée par l'hiver, Alastair achèvera, dans la douleur, une éducation sentimentale et guerrière des plus mélancoliques. Ce roman historique haut en couleurs et en rebondissements, inédit en France, rappelle le génie narratif de ce grand auteur britannique qu'est John Buchan. Il est mené tambour battant, à bride abattue et enthousiasmera ceux qui aiment que l'Histoire soit magnifiée par une belle écriture.

    John Buchan (1875-1940) Écossais, homme d'état, Gouverneur général du Canada, fut d'abord responsable de l'Intelligence Service puis Ministre de l'information. Avant tout c'est un écrivain prolifique et célébré de romans d'aventures, historiques, fantastiques et d'espionnage et éditeur chez Nelson. On lui doit des livres majeurs régulièrement redécouverts qui ont enchanté la jeunesse de plusieurs générations : Salut aux coureurs d'aventures, Les 39 marches, La Centrale d'énergie, Le manteau vert

  • Premier roman mettant en scène Richard Hannay, sud-africain, ingénieur des mines et prospecteur. Hannay se retrouve mêlé à une aventure incroyable qui conduira à l'attenta de Sarajevo en juin 1914. Tout commence par la découverte d'un cadavre au milieu de son salon. Il s'avère qu'une organisation internationale ultra-puissante fomente un complot terrible visant à mettre l'Europe à feu et à sang. Hannay se retrouve seul face à des adversaires redoutables, envoyés par la « Pierre-Noire ». Il a vingt jours pour déjouer les stratagèmes de la Pierre-Noire et rester en vie, vingt jours seulement pour comprendre ce que signifie « Les Trente-Neuf marches » et sauver l'Europe de la guerre.Traduit de l'anglais (Royaume-Uni) par Théo Varlet Traduction révisée

  • John Buchan's "The Thirty-Nine steps" is a 1915 spy novel set in London and Scotland, during the few weeks preceding the outbreak of World War One. Made famous by Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 cinematographic adaptation, "The Thirty-Nine steps" is Buchan's most famous work. Originally an attempt at creating a "dime-novel" or a "shocker", the novel is often considered as one of the greatest adventure or spy novels of all times, and it probably invents the genre. Rediscover "The Thirty-Nine steps" with its original preface and biography in this new edition by Les Éditions de Londres.

  • Les 39 marches

    John Buchan

    Une course poursuite haletante entre l'Écosse et Londres où le héros trouve un cadavre dans son salon. Une organisation secrète cherche par tous les moyens à déclencher la guerre entre l'Allemagne et l'Angleterre en ce début de XXème siècle. Y parviendront-ils ?

  • Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie de John Buchan. Frère d'armes de Richard Hannay - le héros des "Trente-neuf marches" - le jeune avocat anglais Edward Leithen se trouve confronté ici à une puissante et mystérieuse confrérie criminelle nommée "la Centrale d'énergie". Au fil de rebondissements dignes d'un film d'Alfred Hitchcock, Leithen parviendra à confondre le cerveau de l'organisation et à déjouer le complot qui menace le monde civilisé. Comme "Les Trente-neuf marches", "La Centrale d'énergie" est un roman noir captivant, prophétique et profondément original. L'auteur, John Buchan, précurseur du roman d'espionnage contemporain, a suivi parallèlement deux carrières, l'une de politicien influent (Baron Tweedsmuir d'Elsfield, membre de l'organisation semi-secrète de La Table Ronde, il fut l'éminence grise de plusieurs Premiers ministres anglais, principal artisan de la construction du Commonwealth et gouverneur général du Canada), l'autre d'écrivain, auteur d'une bonne trentaine d'oeuvres dans différents genres (biographies historiques, essais politiques, romans d'aventures et d'espionnage).



  • John Buchan dit Lord Tweedsmuir (Perth, Écosse, 26 août 1875 - Montréal, Québec, 11 février 1940), 1er baron Tweedsmuir d'Elsfield, fils d'un pasteur calviniste, fut le quinzième gouverneur général du Canada, de 1935 à 1940. Également éditeur et écrivain, il est l'auteur de romans comme Les 39 Marches. Extrait : La guerre est une belle partie, et vous êtes homme à la jouer. Mais d'autres que vous en savent les règles, car aujourd'hui, la guerre réclame plutôt des qualités moyennes qu'exceptionnelles. C'est comme une grande machine dont tous les rouages sont réglés. Vous ne vous battez pas parce que vous n'avez rien de mieux à faire, vous vous battez parce que vous désirez servir l'Angleterre. Mais que diriez-vous s'il vous était possible de l'aider plus efficacement qu'en commandant un bataillon, une brigade ou une division ? Que diriez-vous s'il existait une oeuvre que vous seul puissiez accomplir ? Je ne parle pas d'une corvée d'embusqué dans un bureau, mais d'une tâche à côté de laquelle votre expérience de Loos ne serait qu'une plaisanterie. Vous ne craignez pas le danger ? Eh bien, dans l'affaire que je vous propose, vous ne vous battriez pas entouré d'une armée : vous vous battriez seul. Vous aimez jouer les difficultés ? Eh bien, je puis vous confier une mission qui mettra toutes vos facultés à l'épreuve. Avez-vous quelque chose à dire ?

  • WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY STELLA RIMINGTONMay 1914. Britain is on the eve of war with Germany. Richard Hannay is living a quiet life in London, but after a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger he stumbles into a hair-raising adventure - a desperate hunt across the country and against the clock, pursued by the police and a cunning, ruthless enemy. Hannay's life and the security of Britain are in grave peril, and everything rests on the solution to a baffling enigma: what are the thirty-nine steps?

  • Contains: The Thirty-Nine Steps, Greenmantle, Mr Standfast, The Three Hostages and The Island of Sheep


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    'I snapped the switch, but there was nobody there. Then I saw something in the far corner which made me drop my cigar and fall into a cold sweat.'
    When Richard Hannay is warned of an assassination plot that has the potential to take Britain into a war, and then a few days later discovers the murdered body of the American that warned him in his flat, he becomes a prime suspect. He flees to the moors of Scotland and a spirited chase begins as he is pursued by the police and the German spies involved with stealing British plans.
    Buchan's tale unfolds into one of the seminal and most influential 'chase' books, mimicked by many, yet unrivalled in the tension and mystery created by his writing. Buchan reveres Hannay as an ordinary man who puts his country's good before his own and the classic themes of the novel influenced many films and subsequent 'man-on-the-run' novels.

  • Anglais Witch Wood

    John Buchan

    Introduced by Christopher Harvie.

    Set against the religious struggles of seventeenth-century Scotland, with Montrose for the king against a convenanted kirk, John Buchan's Witch Wood is a gripping atmospheric tale in the spirit of Stevenson and Neil Munro.

    As a moderate Presbyterian minister, young David Sempill disputes with the extremists of his faith. All around, the defeated remnants of Montrose's men are being harried and slaughtered by the faithful, and Sempill's plea for compassion, like his love for the beautiful Katrine Yester, is out of joint with the times.

    There are still older conflicts to be faced however, symbolised by the presence of the Melanudrigill Wood, a last remnant of the ancient Caledonian forest. Here there is black magic to be uncovered, but also the more positive pre-Christian intimations of nature worship.

    In such setting, and faced with the onset of the plague, David Sempill's struggle and eventual disappearance take on a strange and timeless aspect in what was John Buchan's own favourite among his many novels.

    'Set in the Borders which he knew so well, this story of 17th-century Scotland shows the qualities which have enabled Buchan's thrillers to last so well, and which still persuade serious readers to regard him more highly than many apparently more ambitious novelists.' Independent

  • Introduced by Christopher Harvie.

    Sir Edward Leithen, lawyer, politician, sportsman and occasional philosopher, was probably the most autobiographical of John Buchan's heroes. This collection of four novels, written over a span of thirty years, shows Leithen/Buchan in all his moods - from the urban menace of The Power House in which 'the thin line between civilisation and barbarism' runs through London's West End; to the Highland exhilaration of John Macnab; the twists and turns of The Dancing Floor; and Sick Heart River, where Leithen meets death and redemption in the wastes of Canada.

    Buchan's learning and practical experience took him far beyond the range of the 'clubland hero' and these tales lead us to the heart of one of Scotland's most fascinating and enigmatic writers.

    'John Buchan was the first to realise the enormous dramatic value of adventure in familiar surroundings happening to unadventurous men.' Graham Greene

  • Edited and introduced by Andrew Lownie.

    'The short story is the real form' John Buchan

    This is the first ever complete collection of all Buchan's shorter Scottish fiction. Set largely in his beloved Borders, these stories and novellas show the full range and depth of Buchan's writing. Featuring shepherds, poachers, gamekeepers and drovers, they are worlds away from the tales of aristocratic adventure with which he is so often associated. Shot through with characters and places he returned to in his full-length fiction, the Buchan that emerges from this collection is a very different and much more complex writer than he is often held to be.

    'John Buchan was the first to realise the enormous dramatic value of adventure in familiar surroundings happening to unadventurous men.' Graham Greene

  • It is 1915. Richard Hannay is convalescing from wounds received fighting in France, when he is approached by Sir Walter Bullivant of British Intelligence. Bullivant's son has been working undercover in the Middle East. It seems that the Germans with their Turkish Allies are planning to stir up a revolt in the Muslim world that could leave Egypt, India and North Africa in disarray. The boy has since been killed. The only clue he left behind is a piece of paper bearing the words 'Kasredin','cancer' and 'v.I'. Hannay must take up the trail. At stake could be the outcome of the war. Buchan is a master of the spy genre, and this astonishingly prescient and gripping story of danger and adventure has stood the test of time.

  • In 'The Strange Adventures of Mr Andrew Hawthorn' and the other stories in this collection, peculiar worlds of temptation, adventure or iniquity are perilously close at hand. Mr Hawthorn himself steps outside to allow his porridge to cool and disappears for five years and more, a Glasgow grocer is shipwrecked and ultimately worshipped as a god, a young mathematician discovers an entirely new aspect of reality and becomes terrified by what he finds there, and an ageing sinner clings grimly, weakly to a hard-won life of decency: John Buchan in each demonstrating his abilities as a gripping writer of short stories.In his introduction, Giles Foden explores Buchan's innate sense of the fascination held by sudden jeopardy and vanished comfort, and the themes of the will and fate in his work.

  • In Greenmantle (1916) Richard Hannay, hero of The Thirty-Nine Steps, travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic Messiah. He is joined by three more of Buchan's heroes: Peter Pienaar, the old Boer Scout; John S. Blenkiron, the American determined to fight the Kaiser; and Sandy Arbuthnot, Greenmantle himself, modelled on Lawrence of Arabia. The intrepid four move in disguise through Germany to Constantinople and the Russian border toface their enemies: the grotesque Stumm and the evil beauty of Hilda von Einem.

  • A level 4 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by Nick Bullard
    'I turned on the light, but there was nobody there. Then I saw something in the corner that made my blood turn cold. Scudder was lying on his back. There was a long knife through his heart, pinning him to the floor.'
    Soon Richard Hannay is running to his life across the hills of Scotland. The police are chasing him for a murder he did not do, and another, more dangerous enemy is chasing him as well - the mysterious 'Black Stone'. Who are these people? And why do they want Hannay dead?

  • A level 4 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. This version includes an audio book: listen to the story as you read.
    Retold for Learners of English by Nick Bullard.
    'I turned on the light, but there was nobody there. Then I saw something in the corner that made my blood turn cold. Scudder was lying on his back. There was a long knife through his heart, pinning him to the floor.'
    Soon Richard Hannay is running to his life across the hills of Scotland. The police are chasing him for a murder he did not do, and another, more dangerous enemy is chasing him as well - the mysterious 'Black Stone'. Who are these people? And why do they want Hannay dead?

  • Anglais The Thirty-Nine Steps

    John Buchan

    A special edition of The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan reissued with a bright retro design to celebrate Pan's 70th anniversary. When a strange man turns up on his doorstep with stories of spies and assassinations, Richard Hannay is drawn into the murky world of international espionage. Four days later, the stranger is dead and Hannay is caught up in a dramatic race to prevent a world war. Hunted across Britain by enemies unknown, he must outwit his pursuers and try to reach the site of the mysterious 'Thirty-Nine Steps'. Set in 1914, this classic British thriller has been adapted many times for stage, television and film.

  • After a long stay in South Africa, Richard Hannay arrives back in London just before the outbreak of World War One. There he meets Franklin Scudder, who claims to be investigating the Black Stone - a German spy organization. Hannay gives a shelter to the man but one day he finds him dead. Now the Scotsman fears that he might be the next one on the Black Stone's list. Hannay decides to go back to his native Scotland with the notebook Scudder gave him before he was murdered.

    Who is responsible for Scudder's murder? Is it the Black Stone or it is someone else? How will Hannay be involved in this story? What will he find in the mysterious notebook? Can he deal with the German spy organization on his own?

    Find all the answers in John Buchan's adventure novel "The Thirty-Nine Steps" from 1915.

    B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.

    John Buchan (1875 - 1940) was a Scottish writer, historian, lawyer and government administrator. At the age of seventeen he studied classics and mathematics at Glasgow University. With his second scholarship from Oxford Brasenose College, Buchan graduated with a Doctor of Laws degree. He admired Sir Walter Scott and was inspired by his works. John Buchan's most famous work is the spy thriller novel "The Thirty-Nine Steps", which was written during First World War.

  • "The Power-House" is a spy novel written by John Buchan in 1913. It is set in London, and tells the story of a lawyer and MP who discovers an incredible plot aimed at destroying the foundations of Western democracies through an anarchist organisation called The Power-House. "The power-house" was first serialised in Blackwood's magazine and then was released as a book in 1916. Preceding the famous The Thirty-Nine steps, little known, The Power-House is a fascinating spy novel. Filled with considerations about civilization and chaos, Nietzschean references, predictions about the future, Buchan's "The Power-House" is political philosophy wrapped into a thriller inside conspiracy theory. A must-read, if only for the first encounter between the hero & narrator and the head of the Power-House. Discover The Power-House with an original preface and biography in this new edition by Les Éditions de Londres.

  • In this story, John Buchan explores Africa together with his friend Lawson. During their expedition, they find an astonishing place and they decide to settle there. But after a while John decides to leave Africa, while Lawson decides to stay. When Buchan returns, after some years, he finds Lawson in terrible condition and not willing to tell him why. However, Lawson's warden, Mr. Jobson, believes that the problem comes from the grove of trees in their property.

    What is the reason for Lawson's poor condition? Will Buchan and Jobson find a way to cure their friend? Will they have to destroy the forest to release him from the spell he is under?

    Find all the answers in John Buchan's mysterious novel "The Grove of Ashtaroth".

    B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.

    John Buchan (1875 - 1940) was a Scottish writer, historian, lawyer and government administrator. At the age of seventeen he studied classics and mathematics at Glasgow University. With his second scholarship from Oxford Brasenose College, Buchan graduated with a Doctor of Laws degree. He admired Sir Walter Scott and was inspired by his works. John Buchan's most famous work is the spy thriller novel "The Thirty-Nine Steps", which was written during First World War.

  • Anglais Greenmantle

    John Buchan

    John Buchan's "Greenmantle" is a 1916 adventure and espionage novel. In this second book of the Richard Hannay series (following The Thirty-Nine steps), Hannay is called to the Foreign Office by Sir Walter Bullivant at the beginning of the story. His mission: thwart German plans to wreak havoc in the Near East and Middle East through religious uprising. Hannay will gather his friends, and together they will travel to the Bosphorus, and fight bigger than life characters along the way. Discover Greenmantle with its original preface and biography in this new edition by Les Éditions de Londres.

  • Mr Standfast

    John Buchan

    "Mr Standfast" is a spy novel featuring Richard Hannay, written by John Buchan and published in 1919 by Hodder & Stoughton. Richard Hannay is recalled from the Western Front by his good friend Bullivant in order to be assigned a new mission. As always, the whole action revolves around identifying a master German spy who operates in Britain along with his agents. In order to find him out, he must adopt a disguise he truly dislikes, the one of a pacifist. He then travels to the Cotswolds as Cornelius Brand, a South African war objector, in order to penetrate a group of war-hating intellectuals. He falls in love with a young woman called Mary who is also part of the group. John Buchan is the inventor of the modern British spy novel.

  • Anglais The Thirty-Nine Steps

    Buchan John

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    • 1 Septembre 2011

    Recently returned from South Africa, adventurer Richard Hannay is bored with life, but after a chance encounter with an American who informs him of an assassination plot and is then promptly murdered in Hannay';s London flat, he becomes the obvious suspect and is forced to go on the run. He heads north to his native Scotland, fleeing the police and his enemies. Hannay must keep his wits about him if he is to warn the government before all is too late. John Buchan was a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He published nearly 30 novels and seven collections of short stories. He was born in Perth, an eldest son, and studied at Glasgow and Oxford. In 1901 he became a barrister of the Middle Temple and a private secretary to the High Commissioner for South Africa. In 1907 he married Susan Charlotte Grosvenor and they subsequently had four children. After spells as a war correspondent, Lloyd George';s Director of Information and Conservative MP, Buchan moved to Canada in 1935. He served as Governor General there until his death in 1940.

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