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  • Write What You Know: John Buchan spent several years living and working in the colonial administration of British South Africa, which he drew on for Hannay's background.
  • Write Who You Know: The dedication to Greenmantle implies that Dick Hannay, Sandy Arbuthnot, Peter Pienaar, and John Blenkiron are all modeled on real people. Edmund Ironside has been suggested as the model for Hannay.
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