No Great Mischief (Paperback)
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No Great Mischief (Paperback)

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Published: 01/06/2001
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In 1779, driven out of his home, Calum MacDonald sets sail from the Scottish Highlands with his extensive family. After a long, terrible journey he settles his family in 'the land of trees', and eventually they become a separate Nova Scotian clan: red-haired and black-eyed, with its own identity, its own history.

It is the 1980s by the time our narrator, Alexander MacDonald, tells the story of his family, a thrilling and passionate story that intersects with history: with Culloden, where the clans died, and with the 1759 battle at Quebec that was won when General Wolfe sent in the fierce Highlanders because it was 'no great mischief if they fall'.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099283928
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 22 mm


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You will find scenes from this majestic novel burned into your mind forever - Alice Munro

One of the great undiscovered writers of our time - Michael Ondaatje

The novel is close to being a masterpiece. The characters, the light and the weather, the story itself - its beautiful tone and shape, its harsh and melancholy music - stay with you for days afterwards. The novel is simply breathtaking in its emotional range - Colm Toibin, Irish Times

Exceptional... The book is pervaded by the humour and colour; intensely vivid, and very, very moving - Independent

Alistair MacLeod is a wonderfully talented writer - Margaret Atwood

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“Wonderful book”

This wonderful book encapsulates the Scottish and specifically the Highland psyche better than anything else I have ever read. That the novelist and the characters are Canadians of Scottish descent doesn't matter... More

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“Disappointing”

I ordered this as it was reviewed in the Daily Mail as 'nearly a classic'. I was so disappointed that it did not, in fact, deal with the journey over to Canada and the early settlers but more of someone of... More

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