The Lairds of Cromarty (Dedalus Europe 2012)

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Mary Guthrie, a student of English at Edinburgh University becomes fascinated by the fantastical 17th century writer, Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromarty and sets out to write a thesis on him. She pursues her research in his ancestral home, Cromarty House, now a crumbling ruin. There under the current laird, Sir James she is drawn into an increasingly Gothic exploration of the history of the eccentric Urquharts and the maze of tunnels beneath the House. The Catholic priest of her parish, Ebenezer Krook, to whom she loses her virginity, is a distant and illegitimate descendant of Urquhart. He renounces his calling and goes to Edinburgh, where he is taken on by an idiosyncratic bookseller. Subconsciously he is searching for his father, who disappeared in the Spanish Civil War, leaving him with little more than a book and the memory of a boat trip to the Corryvreckan whirlpool, which allows for a cameo appearance by George Orwell. The novel captures the charm and atmosphere of Edinburgh and rural Scotland. Like Jean-Pierre Ohl's first novel, Mr Dick or The Tenth Book, this book will appeal to readers who like clever and unusual mysteries, where past and present, fact and fiction are ingeniously merged together.

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'The Lairds of Cromarty presents us with a thoroughly engrossing mystery as well as an intriguing collection of supporting characters such as Par the butler, or Mary's Aunt Catriona, who watches the citizens of Edinburgh through a telescope, exclaiming loudly at their behaviour. There's even a cameo by George Orwell, for reasons we won't go into here. An absorbing page-turner that defies all attempts to put it down.' --Alastair Mabbott in The Herald's Paperback of the Week

'For all its Gothic twists, this is a book filled with humour, acute observations of character and place, and literary citations worthy of a professional bookseller Ohl s other career. It has been flawlessly translated by Mike Mitchell in what deserves to become another of the latter s award-winning works.' --The Historical Novel Society Review

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Jean-Pierre Ohl is a bookseller in Talence near Bordeaux. He is the author of 2 novels Mr Dick and the Tenth Book and The Lairds of Cromarty, both published by Dedalus.

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