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Regarded by many critics as one of the finest historical novels ever written, Midwinter tells the tale of Alastair Maclean, confidant of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, who embarks on a secret mission to raise support for the Jacobite cause in the west of England.
ebook, 236 pages
Published June 2007 by Feedbooks/Project Gutenberg (first published 1924)
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Ian Mapp
Written in 1924 and set in the 1700s. Where do I find these books to read? The answer was no doubt in one of my top 100 books lists, where this has been described as one of the greatest historical novels.

Its OK.

It appears that Buchan divided his time writing worthy novels (like this) and more crowd pleasers, like the 39 steps.

This tells the story of a Jaconite agent, Alastair, sent into England to gain support for the uprising. Every chapter starts and ends with a moment of derring do and Englan...more
Tracy Terry
Not as you might expect a story of the season (though this is in fact quite beautifully described), Midwinter is the name of one of the main characters - a gentleman outlaw, the leader of a rather secretive band of men, a dweller in Old England.

Originally published in the early 1920's and classed by some as a classic of Scottish literature and by others as one of the best historical novels ever written I feel a bit of an intellectual inferior in admitting that I didn't enjoy Midwinter, finding i...more
Rog Harrison
This is a tale set in 1745 concerning a young Jacobite in England who falls in love and also meets Samuel Johnson. There is also the backdrop of the mysterious travellers of Old England. An unlikely story with many coincidences but I found it quite charming.
Helen Walton
Disappointed. It doesn't have the charm of Buchan's war novels, but it has all the sentiment and the stereotypes... ah the pure young woman with eyes of a child's innocent clarity and the brave slender shape of a youth. Bleurgh.
I'm enjoying this book. It's well written and is an interesting telling of the Jacobite Rebellion of the 1740s during which Bonnie Prince Charles tried to regain his family's (the Stuarts)possession of the throne over Britain, Scotland and Ireland. As it's doesn't go into explaining much at all of the rebellion and the various parties involved, I'd suggest doing a quick Wikipedia review of the Jacobite rebellion. I read somewhere that Tolkien was fairly influenced by Buchan's writing and you can...more
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John Buchan (1st Baron Tweedsmuir) was a British novelist and public servant who combined a successful career as an author of thrillers, historical novels, histories and biographies with a parallel career in public life. At the time of his death he was Governor-General of Canada.

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