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Author: Kate Mattock,John Buchan
ISBN13: 978-0175570539
Title: The Thirty-nine Steps (Nelson Graded Readers)
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Language: English
Category: Mysteries and Detectives
Publisher: Longman; Abridged edition (August 1, 1995)
Pages: 86

The Thirty-nine Steps (Nelson Graded Readers) by Kate Mattock,John Buchan

To. Thomas arthur nelson. During an illness last winter I exhausted my store of those aids to cheerfulness, and was driven to write one for myself  . Chapter 9: The Thirty-Nine Steps. Chapter 10: Various Parties Converging on the Sea. Classic Literature: Words and Phrases: Adapted from the Collins English Dictionary.

My name is Richard Hannay and I am thirty-seven years old. I was born in Scotland, but in 1883 my family moved to Rhodesia. I grew up in Africa and worked hard for 20 years. Then, in March 1914, I returned to Britain. That was five months before the First World War began. I brought a lot of money with me and I wanted to have a good time. Britain was the centre of all my dreams and plans, and I hoped to stay there for the rest of my life.

John Buchan Retold by Nick Bullard. CEFR B1 - B2 Word count 17,170. 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. Biff, Chip & Kipper - Decode and Develop Stories Classic Tales Dolphin Readers Dominoes Oxford Bookworms Collection Oxford Bookworms Library Oxford Literature Companions Oxford Playscripts Oxford Read and Discover Oxford Read and Imagine Oxford World's Classics Rollercoasters RSC School Shakespeare Tree Tops Fiction Stories Tree Tops Time Chronicles.

The Thirty-nine Steps (Nelson Graded Readers). A Lost Lady of Old Years: A Romance.

1. The Man Who Died 2. The Milkman Sets Out on his Travels 3. The Adventure of the Literary Innkeeper 4. The Adventure of the Radical Candidate 5. The Adventure of the Spectacled Roadman 6. The Adventure of the Bald Archaeologist 7. The Dry-Fly Fisherman 8. The Coming of the Black Stone 9. The Thirty-Nine Steps 10.

John Buchan wrote The Thirty-Nine Steps at breakneck speed in 1914, while suffering from the stomach ulcer that would dog him for the rest of his life. He was staying in a nursing home by the seaside at Broadstairs in Kent and, according to his son, the title of the book came from a flight of wooden steps which led down to the beach from the grounds of the house. The steps were later removed and presented to Buchan

John Buchan was born in Perth on 26th August, 1875. Educated at Glasgow University and Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1898 Buchan won the Newdigate Prize for poetry. Although trained as a lawyer, Buchan became private secretary to Lord Alfred Milner, high commissioner for South Africa. In 1903 he returned to England where he became a director of the publishing company, Thomas Nelson & Sons. In 1910 Buchan had his first novel, Prester John, published. In July 1914, Blackwood's Magazine began serializing Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps. The Thirty-nine Steps Oxford world's classics Pearson English Graded Readers Series (Том 3) Penguin Longman Penguin Readers Series (Том 3) Penguin readers Penguin readers. Level 3 Pre-Intermediate Penguin readers.

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The graded readers in this series aim to provide learners of English with a pleasurable reading experience. The series, which should appeal to a wide age range, exposes students to a variety of styles and kinds of English and the books contain puzzles and exercises based on the text. The grading system is based on lexical controls, structural controls and guidelines on sentence length and complexity. Books in Level 5 have a vocabulary of 2000 words.
Reviews: 7
Scotsman John Buchan’s fabulous The 39 Steps is rightly considered a seminal classic in the Adventure/Spy genre and it is for good reason it was on The Guardian’s Best 100 English Novels list at #42.

This exciting tale of espionage defined the man-on-the-run tale in breathless fashion, and was the first of the author’s Richard Hannay tales. What remains remarkable is the contemporary prose. Though it takes place before the first World War, offering insight into the view of what was happening at that time, the tale is timeless, and with minor changes, could easily be a thrilling espionage adventure told in our day. Books need to be judged within their context, and while most do, some don't. At least on Amazon, it has a solid four-star average after hundreds of reviews, which I feel more accurately reflects how much fun this is to read.

That's not to say some of what happens isn't implausible, almost Cornell Woolrich implausible, but with a style and pace which makes Robert Ludlum seem lethargic — no easy task — the reader is having so much fun they simply don’t care. Reading The 39 Steps is fun and exciting, which is what it is supposed to be. Watching Hannay escape time after time until the thrilling confrontation and conclusion is exhilarating.

Buchan writes as though using lighting bolts rather than a pen, and we’re just along for the electric-charged ride. The 39 Steps is the quintessential can’t-put-down read. That thrill you got as a youngster reading a mystery adventure by flashlight beneath the covers was captured by Buchan and moved forward into adulthood, and on that level it doesn't just succeed, it shines. It's on The Guardian's list for good reason.

The book differs from Hitchcock’s famous British film adaptation in that there is no love interest for Hannay here; frankly because it isn’t needed. A rollicking good old-fashioned tale that set a bar seldom reached since. Fabulous fun and quite enjoyable when read, if you don't try to compare it with modern-day spy novels.
As many other purchasers have complained, this is a terrible (or wonderful) example of what can go wrong with cheap, print-on-demand printing. The last pages of the book - right at the climax of the mystery - are out of order or missing. So the whole experience is ruined.
Not the first time I have ordered a book from Amazon with similar P.O.D. errors
Amazon, which I understand Jeff Bezos started as a book publishing venture, should be ashamed of their lack of quality control.
Abandoned Electrical
This is a World War I era spy/adventure/mystery/thriller story written as part of the British government's propaganda efforts, in which most prominent British writers were enlisted. It's full of British "good old chaps" who instantly trust and aid each other despite wild tales and incongruities. The villains, of course, are German. Amazing coincidences abound to further the story. How the Germans got most of their knowledge and perpetrated their deeds remains unexplained when the book has ended. How did they locate Scudder to kill him? How did they track and then anticipate the movements of Hannay (yes, I know they had an aeroplane, but that's not saying enough). Most of the book is a bit of a travelogue with Hannay fleeing the Germans through Scotland (Buchan was a Scot) without really knowing who they are or what they are up to. Of course the British commoners thwart the seemingly invincible German intelligence agents. Perhaps innovative when it was written, but now best read as a period piece.
This is a classic spy story and was a best seller in its time and may be said to have made John Buchan's fortune. The story takes place in England and Scotland just before the start of World War I. Readers acquainted with the time and place will find the setting familiar, both geographically and socially. For the others, this is an excellent introduction and tutorial to the period, all in an amusing and easy to read slim book. The villains are of course the Germans, but even they are almost gentlemen and it's not their fault that they are not English.
The protagonist is a James Bond of his time, but without the gadgets and no sex; it's all just a matter of brain and some brawn. A "colonial," the protagonist has a fairly low opinion of his home country, and even a lower one of foreigners, except of course the rural Scots. The boo is definitely not pc, and for those not offended by this, this book is a must. It is surprisingly compelling and the price is certainly right.
I was heartbroken when this book ended. Richard Hannay, where are you in our world? These are terrific adventure stories from a lost era. I was particularly grateful that Buchan doesn't bother to spend energy on scene-setting. The Great War... unleashed ancient hatreds... and bands of devilish men... who tried to do evil to our hero. Uh, ok! And we're off to the races.
Throw her heart
If you, like many since Downton Abbey and other things came along to feed us anglophiles, enjoy a genuine drama that is also a thriller, this is the book for you. It is not politically correct, it is written of and in a period hat will never exist again and what Americans once considered "Merry olde England."

If you like Sherlock, you will love this. If you love a spy thriller, this is your book. If you'd like to go back several decades before Agatha Christie, come along! This is from the days of "hale fellow, well met," and I look forward to following the other Richard Hannay books that gleam like gems at dusk as I sip on a gin and tonic.
Don't buy this version. The last 6 or so pages are out of order and missing content. So, after having read the whole book, I have no idea how it ends. And now I am wondering if anything else was missing from the rest of the text? Even though it's a fairly cheap version, don't waste your money, unless you want to puzzle out the ending for yourself. I guess I'll go watch the movie now so I can see the resolution of this tale.