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Star Gazing by Linda Gillard

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Voted the 'Best Romantic Novel written in the last 50 Years' by Woman's Weekly in association with the Romantic Novelists' Association.

Shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year 2009.

A shamelessly romantic tale of a blind girl having her ‘eyes’ opened by music. It is unbelievably good at transmitting the heroine’s ability to cope with her affliction. A brave tale, beautifully told, with many a twist and a feel for the beauty of life, something often appreciated better if tragedy sinks the heart, I loved this book.

Comparison: Adèle Geras, Harriet Evans, Anita Shreve.

If you like Linda Gillard you might also like to read books by Jodi Picoult, Harriet Evans and Anita Shreve.

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Star Gazing by Linda Gillard

Blind since birth, widowed in her twenties, now lonely in her forties, Marianne Fraser lives in Edinburgh in elegant, angry anonymity with her sister, Louisa, a successful novelist. Marianne's passionate nature finds solace and expression in music, a love she finds she shares with Keir, a man she encounters on her doorstep one winter's night. Whilst Marianne has had her share of men attracted to her because they want to rescue her, Keir makes no concession to her condition. He is abrupt to the point of rudeness, and yet oddly kind. But can Marianne trust her feelings for this reclusive stranger who wants to take a blind woman to his island home on Skye, to 'show' her the stars?


Adele Geras through music is beautifully handled. A fascinating love story * The Bookseller * 'A story of love, music, and nature...very enjoyable novel by a reliably good writer' * This was a joy to read from the first page to the last...Romantic and quirky and beautifully written * Lovereading * `Shamelessly romantic tale set in Scotland with a blind woman...Her ability to `see' *

About the Author

Linda Gillard

Linda Gillard graduated from Bristol University and trained as an actress at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. For eight years she pursued an acting career, the highlight of which was sharing a table in The National Theatre canteen with Sir Michael Gambon. (The lowlight was playing a fairy for four rainy months in an open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in London’s Regent’s Park).

Whilst under-employed at the National Theatre, Linda accidentally became a successful freelance journalist and wrote many articles based on her self-sufficient “Good Life” in rural Cambridgeshire. For twelve years she had a humorous column in Ideal Home. Linda ran her two careers concurrently for a while, then decided to give up acting to raise a family and write from home. Twelve years later she re-trained as a primary teacher and taught in Norfolk specialising in English and Art.

A further rethink entailed giving up teaching and downshifting to the Isle of Skye, realising a long-held dream to move to a Scottish island and write full-time.

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29th May 2008


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272 pages


Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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