The Pavilion in the Clouds: A new stand-alone novel (Paperback)
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The Pavilion in the Clouds: A new stand-alone novel (Paperback)

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Published: 07/04/2022
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It is 1938 and the final days of the British Empire. In a bungalow high up in the green hills above the plains of Ceylon, under a vast blue sky, live the Ferguson family: Bella, a precocious eight-year-old; her father Henry – owner of Pitlochry, a tea plantation – and her mother Virginia. The story centres around the Pavilion in the Clouds, set in the idyllic grounds carved out of the wilderness. But all is not as serene as it seems. Bella is suspicious of her governess, Miss White’s intentions. Her suspicion sparks off her mother’s imagination and after an unfortunate series of events, a confrontation is had with Miss White and a gunshot rings off around the hills.



Years later, Bella, now living back in Scotland at university in St Andrews, is faced, once again with her past. Will she at last find out what happened between her Father and Miss White? And will the guilt she has lived with all these years be reconciled by a long over-due apology?

Publisher: Birlinn General
ISBN: 9781846975868
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 229 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 20 mm
Edition: New in Paperback


MEDIA REVIEWS

'The ever fecund Alexander McCall Smith continues to surprise as well as please... This is one of the most enjoyable of his many enjoyable novels' - Allan Massie, The Scotsman

'Most of the historical novels I review are so unrelentingly dark or dramatic that it makes a nice change to read one with so many touches of gentle humour ... The characters are so well observed that I had to remind myself that the book is written by a man from a mostly female perspective, because he captures the nuances of female interactions so well' - Historical Novel Society

'this utterly engaging standalone novel shimmers with atmosphere and family tension ... a stirring, evocative psychological mystery set in 1938 as the British Empire limps through its final days' - Lovereading.co.uk

'Strong characters and beautiful settings, from the mountainous tea plantation in Ceylon to the rolling hills of the Scottish countryside' - Asian Review of Books

'Paints a vivid and atmospheric story of life in a tea plantation towards the end of the British Empire... Cleverly layered with intrigue, suspense, romance, and warmly drawn characters' - Sixtyplusurfers

'Offering a child’s perspective, the novel chimes with Harper Lee’s 1960 classic To Kill A Mockingbird' - Sunday Post

'Esteemed writer McCall Smith brings us a new and exciting enigma' - Scottish Field

'A window to an era when the British knew the time had come for them to leave' - MintLounge

'Insightful, sometimes poignant and often humorous, whether his setting is in present day London, Edinburgh, Botswana or pre-war Ceylon, McCall Smith's grasp of people and relationships is superb' - GoodReads, 5 stars

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“As good as the cover !”

Let me come clean here, Alexander Mccall Smith can write instructions on the back of a packet and still manage to make it interesting for me. This is one of his best stories
and considering how many brilliant stories... More

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“Insightful, sometimes poignant and often humorous”

The Pavilion In The Clouds is a stand-alone novel by popular Scottish author, Alexander McCall Smith. In 1938, when Bella Ferguson is eight, her parents employ a live-in governess, Miss Lavender White. Henry Ferguson... More

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“Tea and sympathy - an interesting brew!”

A beautiful evocation of Ceylon before the war, the restrictions on women and the repression of feelings and thoughts. This novel has an undercurrent that draws you through. As with many of Alexander McCall Smith’s... More

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