“This book is about an old-fashioned Second World War hero and it was popular at the time but somehow it still resonates because it’s a damn good story.”
Jeffrey Archer, Novelist
“Hitchcock said of The Thirty-Nine Steps that it was a wonderful book to film because you didn’t need to do a storyboard, it was all there already.”
Michael Farr, Literary Scholar
“It is extraordinarily fast paced. A huge part of any good thriller is the chase, and this is very good on that.”
The Best Classic Thrillers
Sam Bourne, Journalist
“It’s quite a good book, but it’s got one great idea, and Hitchcock ran with it. When adapting a book it’s much better to take the thing that’s brilliant about it and polish it.”
Frank Cottrell Boyce, Novelist
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