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The new novel from Susan Fletcher, author of the bestselling 'Eve Green' and 'Oystercatchers'. It is a tale of passion and courage, magic and betrayal, and the difference that a single heart can make to the great events of history.
1692. Corrag, a wild young girl from the mountains of Scotland, has been imprisoned as a witch. Terrified, in a cold, filthy cell, she awaits her fate of death by burning -- until she is visited by Charles Leslie, a young Irishman, hungry to question her. For Corrag knows more than it seems: she was witness to the bloody and brutal Massacre of Glencoe. But to reveal what she knows, Corrag demands a chance to tell her true story.
'Corrag's descriptions combine the oblique originality of a child with the precision and control of a poet!the novel is crowded with images stunning in their freshness and simplicity!there are moments when the sheer beauty of the prose takes one's breath away!it is a novel of extraordinary beauty and quiet power that is impossible, having read it, not to look at the world anew'
'Corrag is a beguiling and sensitive heroine and Fletcher's powers of description are as strong as ever in her third novel'
'Fletcher gives Corrag a lyrical narrative voice!a fascinating aspect of history'
'Susan Fletcher's lyrical, poetic style is burnished to a rare shine in her third book!her descriptions of the Scottish landscape are breathtaking, as is her depiction of the lonesome girl who is enraptured by the beauty of the Highlands!Incredibly moving'
'As compelling as it is heartbreaking!Fletcher's powerful prose will stay with you long after you finish the last page. Highly recommended'
Publication date: 03/03/2011
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||3rd March 2011|
|Publisher:||Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
Susan Fletcher was our Guest Editor in March 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Susan Fletcher was born in 1979 in Birmingham. She studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and lives in Stratford-upon-Avon. Her first novel, Eve Green won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Betty Trask Prize and Author's Club Best First Novel Award. Her second novel Oystercatchers was published in 2007 to great acclaim. Author photo © Graeme CornesMore About Susan Fletcher