John Buchan‘s name will forever be associated with the classic thriller The Thirty-Nine
Steps but he originally regarded himself as a short story writer and a 1912 proﬁle
in The Bookman described him as ‘probably the best modern exponent of the short story’.
His ﬁrst published work, written while he was a student, were stories which appeared
in magazines as varied as Blackwood’s and The Yellow Book and three of his ﬁrst eight
books were short story collections.