The John Buchan Journal

The John Buchan Journal (JBJ) exists as a regular publication for articles and studies relating to John Buchan’s life and works, and has become a significant archive for previously unknown and rare pieces by JB, literary discourse and study, fun discoveries, and personal memories of the man. Each issue contains a rich mixture of general and scholarly articles, revealing the wealth and depth of JB’s writing, reflecting his connections in the world, and offering links for modern readers. Production of the JBJ has been a constant commitment since the Society was formed, and articles are submitted by writers, scholars and interested enthusiasts from around the world. To submit an article for the next JBJ, please contact the editor.

Receipt of the latest JBJ, currently an annual publication, is automatic for members of the John Buchan Society, but non-members are also welcome to buy back issues. There is also a full index of articles in past journals.

The contents of a typical John Buchan Journal reflect the wide interests of the man himself. A dip into Journals 53 (2020) and 54 (2021) reveals a little-known lyrical description of the River Thames by JB; pieces about JB as a naturalist and mountaineer; articles on the origins of the real ‘John Macnab,’ the name of Richard Hannay and the rugby match depicted in Castle Gay; an exploration of JB’s time as an editor and writer on the Spectator magazine in London, and another on his time and influence at Nelson’s in Edinburgh; a comparison of JB with Canada’s latest Governor General; his friendships with doughty politician Lord Rosebery and eccentric Rand millionaire Lionel Phillips; historical studies of JB’s attitudes to imperialism and the Free Church; rarely seen photos from the 1927 movie of Huntingtower; an account of the restoration of the venerable temple at JB’s Oxfordshire home; and the touching letter written on the death of JB’s brother Alastair on the Western Front in 1917, from the nurse who tended him.

The Journal is A5 in size, and typically around 64 pages long in recent issues (earlier issues appeared twice a year, and were correspondingly shorter). It is edited, designed and produced by members of the John Buchan Society.

To advertise in the Journal, please contact the Editor; rates start at around £80.

Fiftieth issue of the
John Buchan Journal