Author Biographies

John Buchan (1875–1940) was a Scottish novelist, historian and politician. Born in Perth and raised in Kirkcaldy, he spent many summer holidays with his grandparents in the Scottish Borders, where he developed a love of the local scenery and wildlife which featured throughout his writing. He won a scholarship to Glasgow University and continued his studies at Oxford. Buchan simultaneously began his writing and political careers, combining public service with writing superb action novels. He was elected to Parliament in 1927 and in 1935 was appointed Governor General of Canada by King George V. Buchan's 100 works include almost 30 novels, seven collections of short stories, and numerous biographies. He died in his adopted country in 1940 and he received a state funeral in Canada before his ashes were returned to the United Kingdom.
R.L. (Robert Louis) Stevenson (1850–1894) was born in Edinburgh in 1850 and was a Scottish novelist, travel writer, essayist and poet. A sickly child, he was often taught at home by private tutors. He enrolled at Edinburgh University to study engineering, but switched to law. He spent a year on the French Riviera to recuperate from ill-health and whilst there developed his love of art. He married Fanny (an American divorcee) in 1880 and they spent the next seven years living and travelling between the UK and America. Three years spent touring the Pacific and South Seas then followed, and his travel writing from this period formed the backdrop for many of his novels. In 1890 Stevenson purchased some land and settled in Upolu, an island in Samoa. He died there in 1894 of a suspected cerebral haemorrhage aged 44. Best known for Kidnapped and Treasure Island, Stevenson was a literary celebrity during his lifetime and now ranks among the 30 most translated authors in the world.
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