The Return Of John Mac Nab
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The Return Of John Mac Nab

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An adventure, a poacher's handbook, a romance and a moving story of loss and renewal.

When three friends decide to revive the challenge of the legendary poacher John Macnab (to take a grouse, salmon and deer from three Royal Estates), they plan for everything - except an unstoppable young woman with a past and time on her hands. Bold,...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 6th 2002 by Faber and Faber (first published 1996)
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David Kintore
Neil, the main character in The Return of John Macnab, is a terrific laidback half-dreamer half-cynic. He has been emotionally numb since the sudden unexpected death of his wife Helen four years earlier. Although he hasn’t sunk into a cold and misanthropic retreat from the world, he has not been really alive until the mid-life crisis escapade that he hatches with three of his old climbing buddies. ”Neil walked towards the Atholl through the end of the gloaming. The hills were black humps against...more
Jessica Gagné
One of my favourite all time books - a kind of adventure story for grown ups with bonus left wing overtones
Monthly Book Group
On the positive side, it is a bright idea to update the Buchan novel, and Greig has cleverly brought it into a modern setting. It has more of a political edge, but remains a page-turner. He has a real feel for the modern Scottish Highlands, and a deep knowledge of mountains and mountain sports.

Some of the descriptive writing is good, reflecting his background as a poet. His philosophical reflection on metaphors for life – not like the sand disappearing through an hour-glass, but like a tree put...more
This is a modern day version of John Buchan's hugely enjoyable 1930s novel John Macnab, in which three London gentlemen attempt to dispel their summer ennui by adding a bit of spice to their comfortable, privileged lives. They present themselves as John Macnab and issue a challenge to three Scottish landowners: that they will poach a salmon and two deer from their estates and then deliver the ill-gotten gains back to their owners without being caught. Andrew Greig's version manages to retain all...more
Rog Harrison
I enjoyed the John Buchan novel so I thought I would try this modern (1996) version. It was an exciting read though I was a little disappointed with the ending. I doubt I will read any more of this author's books.
David Campton
A rollicking, rip-roaring Highland adventure story that isn't just a boys' own adventure. I haven't read the original Buchan book, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment, indeed, much as I love Buchan, this book carefully avoids, if not subverts many of the conservative attitudes and values in Buchan that I frequently have difficulties with. All the characters are well drawn, the plot is inventive (not having read the original I am not sure whether that is down to Buchan or Greig), and I could se...more
A brilliant Scottish caper.
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