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The many lives of John Buchan

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">This remarkable man deserves to be remembered for more than his ‘shocker’ and the film it inspired</span></p>

10 October 2015

9:00 AM

10 October 2015

9:00 AM

Up the stairs with flying feet,
You would burst upon us, cheering
Wellington’s funereal street.
Fresh as paint, though you’d been ’railing
Up from Scotland all the night,
Or had just returned from scaling
Some appalling Dolomite…
Pundit, publicist and jurist:
Statistician and divine;
Mystic, mountaineer and purist
In the high financial line;
Prince of journalistic sprinters —
Swiftest that I ever knew —
Never did you keep the printers
Longer than an hour or two…
Still I hope with kindly feeling
You recall the days of yore,
When I watched you gaily reeling
Off your folios by the score;
Self-effacing, self-suppressing
When your elder took the reins,
Though at half his age possessing
Twice and more than twice his brains.


In 1907,...

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Ursula Buchan could only manage 300 articles in her 26 years as The Spectator’s gardening columnist. She is presently engaged in writing a biography of John Buchan for Bloomsbury.

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