News of the Dead (Hardback)
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News of the Dead (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages
Published: 05/08/2021
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Revolving around a legend of a miracle-performing hermit and set in the rugged mountains of Scotland in three different time periods, News of the Dead is a mesmerising work of historical fiction from the author of And the Land Lay Still.

How do our roots in the land define us?

Hidden in the breath-taking mountains of wild Scotland, Glen Conach is the home of secrets and stories, of fables and folklore. Over hundreds of years, three lives are woven together.

In ancient Britain, the hermit Saint Conach performs impossible miracles, which survive as legend in 'The Book of Glen Conach'.

Generations later in the nineteenth century, the book is rediscovered by charlatan Charles Gibb, who hustles his way into the big house at the heart of the village.

In the present-day, young Lachie whispers to Maja of ghosts he has seen in the glen. Reflecting back on her long life, Maja believes him, as she has some ghosts of her own.

From best-selling author James Robertson, News of the Dead is a captivating examination of the distance between the stories we tell of ourselves and the way in which we are remembered.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241401996
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 611 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 35 mm


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A haunted, haunting, and deeply humane book - Robert Crawford

It's like some beautifully ornate kist or jewel-box that for most of the encounter you admire for its own sake, only to find a key, near the end, that opens onto even more treasure - Gavin Francis

It is another wonderful piece of storytelling from James Robertson, offering a penetrating exploration of the complexities of collective memory and the tenacity of tradition, all played out through a thousand years of life in a single glen. It has all the makings of a timeless classic in its own right. - Professor Gary West

James Robertson is an extremely fine novelist . . . This is a superb book. . . It is not a book anyone will forget quickly. - Scotland on Sunday

One of Robertson's skills as a novelist is to make both events real and imagined feel equally convincing. - Prospect

Subtly explores the relationship between place and identity - The Sunday Times

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“News of the Dead, by James Robertson”

James Robertson is the quintessential storyteller. It is easy to imagine a gathering around the fire and the audience being spellbound by the stories that he tells. News of the Dead is within that storytelling... More

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