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John Macnab (Sir Edward Leithen #2)

By John Buchan

Rating: 4 stars

I really enjoyed this story of three successful leaders of their fields at the top of their game (a barrister, MP and banker), but listless and bored. And then they hit on the idea of writing to the owners of three Scottish estates and tell them that they’ll be poaching from the estate and collectively sign the letter John Macnab. The book is light, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. The pace is fairly good, the attacks on all three estates well-described and Buchan obviously loves the Highlands, since his descriptions there are extremely glowing.

Mind you, I wouldn’t recommend this to any class warriors, since the British class system is writ large throughout, with the three upper-class gentlemen always being larger than life, although the working class also get some good roles (the young Fish Benji being the best of them). If you can get past that, then I would have no hesitation in recommending this.

Book details

ISBN: 9781846970283
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Year of publication: 1924

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