A prolific writer who also led a distinguished career in public life, becoming the thirty-fifth Governor General of Canada, John Buchan produced more than thirty-seven works of fiction and over 100 non-fiction publications. He is best known for ?ripping yarns? featuring the hero Richard Hannay, in particular the fast-paced spy adventure `The Thirty-Nine Steps? (1915), one of the most popular novels of its time and the template for countless man-on-the-run thrillers. This elegant bust was modelled in 1935 and cast in 1940.