I have a lot of time for this author. You really should seek out That Summer, a lovely World War II tale. This is dual time. Penang in the 1930s and the Orkneys today where our protagonist goes home to recover from brain surgery and joins a project working on wave power. His brush with death stimulates him to discover more about his father and some ‘disgrace’ in the 30s, hence Penang. So we follow the two in a convincing, poignant novel of love, life and understanding. Highly recommended.
A stunning novel set in the stark beauty of Orkney and the heady atmosphere of Penang in the 1930s
A young man leans over the railings of the ocean liner bound for the exotic shores of Penang. It is early in the 1930s and Dr Alexander Mackay is on his way to take up his post running a maternity hospital in the colony. During the voyage he meets two beautiful sisters and the seeds of a scandal are sown.
Seventy years later Edward Mackay wakes after a major brain trauma. In the hazy shadowlands of illness, he conjures the figure of his dead father, a man he knew so little about. This near-death experience provokes a move to the wilds of Orkney, where Edward joins a project to harness the tides around the island as a renewable source of energy. But in the tight-knit island community passions also run high.
'Two small, confined communities in which established connections are cut across by shifting allegiances as people come and go: in cold climate as in hot, now as then, love is a complicated, compromising business' Times Literary Supplement
'This is a strongly visual novel, where objects from the past are rediscovered in the present and given context...This is a mature work, and Greig's sparing use of Scots borders on the poetic. Wide in scope yet intimate in execution, the light in this fiction will illuminate many dark nights.'
David Martin, SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
'The result is a heart-breaking tale by a leading Scottish writer, who reminds us that whilst love's image changes through time, it has always felt the same.' Daisy Foster, Jack
'IN ANOTHER LIGHT, like all Greig's writing exudes vitality and hopefulness - renewal to offset the loss.' Sam Phipps, THE HERALD
Publication date: 14/04/2005
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||14th April 2005|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Andrew Greig is a poet and novelist. He has published six volumes of poetry (Bloodaxe) and four novels, the most recent of which, That Summer, brought him to a wide readership. He was born in Bannockburn in Scotland and educated at the University of Edinburgh. He lives in Orkney and Sheffield (with his wife the writer Leslie Glaister). Among other things, he is known as the unofficial poet laureate of the mountaineering community and a love of the land characterises much of his work.More About Andrew Greig