Frederick Forsyth On John Buchan

John Buchan, the grandfather of the thriller, is today remembered as an anti-Semite, a racist and a symbol of all that was worst about the British Empire.

But is the accusation fair? Freddie Forsyth takes us through the life of a man of contradictions: a hunting and shooting man who loved flower arranging; a thriller writer who thought he'd be remembered for his literary biographies; and a politician who respected everybody's point of view.

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John Buchan, the grandfather of the thriller, is today remembered as an anti-Semite, a racist and a symbol of all that was worst about the British Empire.

But is the accusation fair? Freddie Forsyth takes us through the life of a man of contradictions: a hunting and shooting man who loved flower arranging; a thriller writer who thought he'd be remembered for his literary biographies; and a politician who respected everybody's point of view.

2005062320050627

John Buchan, the grandfather of the thriller, is today remembered as an anti-Semite, a racist and a symbol of all that was worst about the British Empire.

But is the accusation fair? Freddie Forsyth takes us through the life of a man of contradictions: a hunting and shooting man who loved flower arranging; a thriller writer who thought he'd be remembered for his literary biographies; and a politician who respected everybody's point of view.

2005062320050627

John Buchan, the grandfather of the thriller, is today remembered as an anti-Semite, a racist and a symbol of all that was worst about the British Empire. But is the accusation fair? Freddie Forsyth takes us through the life of a man of contradictions: a hunting and shooting man who loved flower arranging; a thriller writer who thought he'd be remembered for his literary biographies; and a politician who respected everybody's point of view.

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John Buchan, the grandfather of the thriller, is today remembered as an anti-Semite, a racist and a symbol of all that was worst about the British Empire. But is the accusation fair? Frederick Forsyth takes us through the life of a man of contradictions: a hunting and shooting man who loved flower arranging; a thriller writer who thought he'd be remembered for his literary biographies; and a politician who respected everybody's point of view.