The Island of Sheep

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The Island of Sheep
First edition cover
Author John Buchan
Country Scotland, England
Language English
Series Richard Hannay
Genre Thriller
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Preceded by The Three Hostages/(The Courts of the Morning)
Followed by (Last in series)

The Island of Sheep (1936) is a novel by John Buchan. It is part of the series featuring Richard Hannay and Sandy Arbuthnot.

Plot summary[edit]

The action occurs twelve years later on from the last novel, when Hannay, now in his fifties, is called by an old oath to protect the son of a man he once knew, who is also heir to the secret of a great treasure. He obtains help from Sandy Arbuthnot, now Lord Clanroyden, and Lombard. The action takes place in England, Scotland and on the Island of Sheep. This is located in what Buchan describes as 'the Norlands': clearly the Faroe Islands. There are several stereotypical villains, in particular D'Ingraville from The Courts of the Morning, and the book also focuses on Hannay's son, Peter John, now a bright but solemn teenager.


  • Major-General Sir Richard Hannay, KCB, OBE
  • Colonel Sandy Arbuthnot, Lord Clanroyden
  • Mr Lombard, a merchant banker
  • Marius Eliaser Haraldsen, an adventurer and father of
  • Valdemar Haraldsen, father of
  • Anna Haraldsen, a schoolgirl
  • Geordie Hamilton
  • Miss Lydia Ludlow, an actress
  • Jacques D'Ingreville
  • Lancelot Troth, a solicitor
  • Erick Albinus, a Dane
  • Joseph Bannatyne Barralty, a stockbroker
  • Frankie Varrinder
  • Carreras, a Spaniard
  • Martel, a Belgian