Sunday, March 22, 2015
The 39 Steps by John Buchan (1915)
The book is set in the days before WWI. England is quite uneasy about Germany and what will happen next. Much effort had been devoted to maintaining their colonies and that left them unexpectedly vulnerable. The colonies may have been a source of significant wealth in the 19th century but they led to a lot of trouble in the 20th century and this book was written right on the brink of that change. Much like Downton Abbey, it represents a tide change in Britain and this book is a window into what it was like before all that changed. With espionage thrown in to make it interesting.