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Anna Buchan (1877-1948) - Novelist

She was the sister of John Buchan and shared his childhood in Fife, the Borders and Glasgow, where she was educated at Hutchesons' Grammar School. She lived most of her life in Peebles, at the family home, Bank House, which became the 'Priorsford' of many of her novels, Penny Plain (1920) being perhaps the best-known. Her first novel, Olivia in India (1913), was written after a visit to her brother William, who in the Indian Civil Service. The Setons (1917), her second, is a well-observed and sympathetic view of Glasgow middle-class manners; its companion piece, Ann and her Mother (1922), is an autobiographical novel set in a Glasgow manse before World War I. Unforgettable, Unforgotten (1945) is an auto- biographical book about the Buchan family, and a memoir of her life was published in Farewell to Priorsford (1950).

Works: Olivia in India (1913); The Setons (1917); Penny Plain (1920); Ann and her Mother (1922); Pink Sugar (1924); The Proper Place (1926); EliZA for Common (1928); The Day of Small Things (1930); Priorsford (1932); Taken by the Hand (1935); Jane's Parlour (1937); People Like Ourselves (1938); The Home that is our Own (1940); Unforgettable, Unforgotten (1945); Farewell to Priorsford (1950).

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