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Wide Eyed by Ruaridh Nicoll
  

Wide Eyed

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His 1st novel White Male Heart was widely acclaimed and his second does not disappoint being deeper and steeped in atmosphere. It is a voyage of self-discovery for the female protagonist living in a remote Scottish fishing village surrounded by secrets, guilt, loss and manipulation. Read this and look forward to his 3rd novel.

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Wide Eyed by Ruaridh Nicoll

A remote fishing village in Scotland seems the perfect place for Betsy Gillander to abscond for a few days with her fiancé. There, in a landscape marred only by a vast MoD range away to the west, the pale winter sun lights up this next step in her happy and structured life.


But then a violent storm wraps itself around the village and for three days the couple are trapped in their hotel. The enforced intimacy opens Betsyâs eyes to the indolent cruelty of the man sheâs agreed to marry, while in the hotel bar the locals gather, increasingly anxious for news of a boat still out at sea.


By the time the sun reappears, Betsyâs fiancé has left her and she is adrift in a community shattered by the loss of the boat and seven of its sons. The pain of her break-up in the face of such tragedy produces in her a terrible guilt and Betsy finds herself drawn into a cloistered, close-knit community with a morality far beyond her understanding…


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Reviews

‘‘Emotionally-wrought…in turn lyrical and violent, fable-like and gutsyâ
Sunday Herald


‘Lyrical and compelling…Another triumphâ
The List


‘Absorbing…while the narrative is well-crafted and builds to a bravura climax, it is in the evocation of atmosphere, that elusive art, that Nicoll really earns his spursâ
Sunday Telegraph


‘A quietly spooky tale…unsettling and oddly exhilaratingâ
Sunday Telegraph


‘Nicoll writes intricate, accurate prose and offers alluring descriptions of the Scottish landscape…The landscape of Wide Eyed is beautiful and the situation is fascinatingâ
Guardian

About the Author

Ruaridh Nicoll
Ruaridh Nicoll was born in Arbroath, Angus, in 1969 and raised in the Highland county of Sutherland. An award-winning journalist, he served as the Observer's US correspondent and the Guardian's Southern Africa correspondent. His first novel was the critically acclaimed WHITE MALE HEART. He lives in Edinburgh.

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Publication date

1st September 2004

Author

Ruaridh Nicoll

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Publisher

Transworld

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552999045

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