8. What is the name of John Buchan's soldier, adventurer turned spy, who made his first appearance in the "The Thirty Nine Steps"?
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Answer: Richard Hannay
Appearing as a major character in five novels during Buchan's lifetime, Hannay becomes so decorated that he is eventually referred to as Major-General Sir Richard Hannay, KCB, OBE, DSO, Legion of Honour. Born in Scotland, he becomes fluent in German, thanks to his father's business associates, before moving to South Africa where he becomes an engineer, makes a fortune in copper, serves in the Imperial Light Horse and becomes involved in both the Matabele and Boer wars. Hannay arrives in England in 1914, just before the breakout of World War I and stumbles onto a German plot to steal British war secrets. The latter forms part of the plot to "The Thirty Nine Steps" (1915).
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