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Huntingtower by John Buchan
By: (1875-1940)

Dickson McCunn, a respectable, newly retired grocer, plans a walking holiday in the hills of south-west Scotland. He meets a young English poet and finds himself in the thick of a plot involving the kidnapping of a Russian princess, who is held prisoner in the rambling mansion, Huntingtower. This modern fairy-tale is also a gripping adventure story.

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To W. P. Ker.

If the Professor of Poetry in the University of Oxford has not forgotten the rock whence he was hewn, this simple story may give an hour of entertainment. I offer it to you because I think you have met my friend Dickson McCunn, and I dare to hope that you may even in your many sojournings in the Westlands have encountered one or other of the Gorbals Die Hards. If you share my kindly feeling for Dickson, you will be interested in some facts which I have lately ascertained about his ancestry. In his veins there flows a portion of the redoubtable blood of the Nicol Jarvies. When the Bailie, you remember, returned from his journey to Rob Roy beyond the Highland Line, he espoused his housekeeper Mattie, "an honest man's daughter and a near cousin o' the Laird o' Limmerfield." The union was blessed with a son, who succeeded to the Bailie's business and in due course begat daughters, one of whom married a certain Ebenezer McCunn, of whom there is record in the archives of the Hammermen of Glasgow. Ebenezer's grandson, Peter by name, was Provost of Kirkintilloch, and his second son was the father of my hero by his marriage with Robina Dickson, oldest daughter of one Robert Dickson, a tenant farmer in the Lennox... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 5 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 19, 2016
Subject: Huntingtower
A good story and a good narrator when he is not attempting an accent, as I found some of that incomprehensible.
Reviewer: - March 25, 2015
Subject: huntingtower
Great story, excellent reader
Reviewer: - September 2, 2014
Subject: Loved it!!
I have a new favorite author... John Buchan. And the reader of this wonderful tale does a splendid job! His characterizations were spot on.
Reviewer: - August 24, 2013
Subject: Excellent!
Great story - the Scots brogue really makes it entertaining.
Reviewer: - February 18, 2013
Subject: Ripping good tale!
Great period mystery, Buchan is a great storyteller.

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