The new novel from Susan Fletcher, author of the bestselling Eve Green and Oystercatchers.
The Massacre of Glencoe happened at 5am on 13th February 1692 when thirty-eight members of the Macdonald clan were killed by soldiers who had enjoyed the clan's hospitality for the previous ten days. Many more died from exposure in the mountains.
Fifty miles to the south Corrag is condemned for her involvement in the Massacre. She is imprisoned, accused of witchcraft and murder, and awaits her death. The era of witch-hunts is coming to an end - but Charles Leslie, an Irish propagandist and Jacobite, hears of the Massacre and, keen to publicise it, comes to the tollbooth to question her on the events of that night, and the weeks preceding it. Leslie seeks any information that will condemn the Protestant King William, rumoured to be involved in the massacre, and reinstate the Catholic James.
Corrag agrees to talk to him so that the truth may be known about her involvement, and so that she may be less alone, in her final days. As she tells her story, Leslie questions his own beliefs and purpose - and a friendship develops between them that alters both their lives.
In Corrag, Susan Fletcher tells us the story of an epic historic event, of the difference a single heart can make - and how deep and lasting relationships that can come from the most unlikely places.
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The new novel from Susan Fletcher, author of the bestselling Eve Green and Oystercatchers.Review:
Praise for Oystercatchers:
'Fletcher has a remarkable talent with words...her approach to the world is side-on, not direct; she is attuned to the ambiguities, the spaces, the gaps left in language, the things that are not spoken; she imbues inanimate objects with a life of their own, a history and a personality and a voice. Fletcher is the woman writer par excellence: intelligent, perceptive, intuitive...British readers looking for a local equivalent to Alice Munro won't have to look much further...She is a highly talented writer and fully deserves the acclaim she has received - and the popularity that goes with it.' The Scotsman
'Oystercatchers is a stunning novel...both emotionally discomfiting and romantic; at times puzzling, it is profound, beautiful and redemptive. Oystercatchers is the work of a seriously talented young author in possession of one of the most poetic and original voices working now.' Joanna Briscoe, Guardian
'Her prose is extraordinarily lyrical: haunted, dreamlike and precise, reminiscent at times of Sylvia Plath...Fletcher's words are undeniably beautiful and her themes are profound...a haunting novel.' Sunday Times
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Book Description Fourth Estate, London, 2010. Cloth on Board. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. First Edition. Engrossing and moving novel from the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award winner; book in overall good condition, clean cloth boards with black lettering to spine, text clear and unmarked; d/j has light creasing to top edges/a few small grubby marks; pp 356. Bookseller Inventory # 016918
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Book Description Corrag is condemned for her involvement in the Massacre of Glencoe; imprisoned and accused of witchcraft and murder, she awaits her death. But when Charles Leslie, a Jacobite, hears of the Massacre, he is keen to question her. In an effort to clear her name, she agrees. New hardback copy, may have some shelf wear, ready for immediate despatch. Bookseller Inventory # 011820
Book Description London. Fourth Estate. 2010., 2010. First edition, first print. Hardback. Book and dust jacket are in Fine condition. SIGNED by the author, without dedication, on the title page. 356pp. Jacket supplied in new removable clear cover. Bookseller Inventory # 28991
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