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|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|ISBN||NA & reissue ISBN 1-85326-296-X|
|Preceded by||The Power House|
|Followed by||The Dancing Floor|
John Macnab is a novel by John Buchan, published in 1925.
Three successful but bored friends in their mid-forties decide to turn to poaching. They are Sir Edward Leithen, lawyer, Tory Member of Parliament (MP), and ex-Attorney General; John Palliser-Yeates, banker and sportsman; and Charles, Earl of Lamancha, former adventurer and present Tory Cabinet Minister. Under the collective name of 'John Macnab', they set up in the Highland home of Sir Archie Roylance, a disabled war hero who wishes to be a Conservative MP.
They issue a challenge to three of Roylance’s neighbours: first the Radens, who are an old-established family, about to die out; next, the Bandicotts: an American archaeologist and his son, who are renting a grand estate for the summer; and lastly the Claybodys, vulgar, bekilted nouveaux riches. These neighbours are forewarned that 'John Macnab' will poach a salmon or a stag from their land and return it to them undetected. The outcome is that the men's boredom is dispelled with the assistance of helpers (including a homeless waif, 'Fish Benjie' and an athletic journalist, Crossby), and Archie Roylance marries Janet Raden, daughter of the grandee.
John Prebble adapted the book for a three-part BBC television production in 1976, directed by Donald McWhinnie.
- Lord Lamancha - Derek Godfrey
- Sir Edward Leithen - James Maxwell
- John Palliser-Yeates - Bernard Horsfall
- Archie Roylance - Cavan Kendall
- Colonel Raden - Basil Dignam
- Janet Raden - Susan Wooldridge
- Agatha Raden - Wendy Allnutt
- Wattie Lithgow - Roddy McMillan
- Bennie - Joseph McKenna
- Jimmie - Ron Bain
- Junius Bandicott - Jack Galloway
- Professor Bandicott - Ronald Radd
- Crossby - Patrick Malahide
- Lord Claybody - John Sharp
- Lady Claybody - Lally Bowers
- Johnson Claybody - Ian Ricketts
- Macqueen - Bill Armour
- Angus - James Kennedy
- Stokes - Anthony Langdon
- Macpherson - Gerard Slevin Jr
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