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The Walk Home by Rachel Seiffert

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A sad tale of discontent, of lost souls and the severing of ties. It centres on an Irish family gone to Scotland who initially have ambitions to try to better themselves but life gets in the way. One by one each of them seems to give up. Despite the uneasy subject this is a fascinating read with great descriptive passages and characters you care for.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Graham and Lindsey meet as teenagers at an Orange Walk in Tyrone; he with a Glaswegian marching band, she desperate to get away from parochial Northern Ireland. Within weeks, she is in Glasgow, pregnant with Stevie, who in time will also try to escape his heritage. The narrative looks back to Graham’s parents and his Uncle Eric, an outcast because he married a Catholic; and forward to Stevie as a young man, working in Glasgow with migrant Polish workers. It is a book about the divisions between people who hang on to their history, using it to hate, and those desperate to escape an unwanted inheritance and start afresh.
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The Walk Home by Rachel Seiffert

Stevie comes from a long line of people who have cut and run. Just like he has. Stevie's been to London, taught himself to get by, and now he's working as a labourer not so far from his childhood home in Glasgow ...But he's not told his family - what's left of them - that he's back. Not yet. He's also not far from his Uncle Eric's house: another one who left - for love this time. Stevie's toughened himself up against that emotion. And as for his own mother, Lindsey ...well, she ran her whole life. From her father and Ireland, from her husband, and eventually from Stevie too. This is a powerful novel about the risk of love, and the madness and betrayals that can split a family. If you cut your ties, will you cut yourself adrift?

About the Author

Rachel Seiffert's first novel, The Dark Room, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was made into the feature film Lore. She was named as one of Granta's twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and in 2011 she received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Field Study, a collection of short stories, received an award from PEN International. Her second novel Afterwards was long-listed for the 2007 Orange Prize. Her books have been published in eighteen languages. After living in Glasgow for many years, Rachel Seiffert now lives in London with her family.

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30th November 1999


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