Past the Island of Apple Trees.
And the little Island of Sheep.
Few people in Tweeddale are aware that 100 years ago the author John Buchan became the prospective Unionist Party candidate for Peeblesshire and Selkirkshire – the ‘united counties’. The Unionist Party did not formally unite with the Conservative Party in Scotland until 1912, but had close association with it; it was particularly committed to fighting ‘Home Rule’ for Ireland, one of the huge issues dominating politics in Westminster in the early twentieth century.
Buchan wrote over one hundred books and hundreds of articles. His literary output ranged widely, from his well-known thrillers to children's books, romances, biographies, poetry, anthologies, fantasy and short stories. For a list of his books see Chronological Bibliography page. There were several Unified Editions of his works published by Nelsons in Edinburgh. These comprised of 30 volumes including novels, biographies, short stories and poetry. The following are snippets about some of his books that have interested me.