LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

No Great Mischief

by Alistair MacLeod

No Great Mischief Synopsis

In 1779, driven out of his home, Calum MacDonald sets sail from the Scottish Highlands with his extensive family. After a long, terrible journey he settles his family in 'the land of trees', and eventually they become a separate Nova Scotian clan: red-haired and black-eyed, with its own identity, its own history. It is the 1980s by the time our narrator, Alexander MacDonald, tells the story of his family, a thrilling and passionate story that intersects with history: with Culloden, where the clans died, and with the 1759 battle at Quebec that was won when General Wolfe sent in the fierce Highlanders because it was 'no great mischief if they fall'.

No Great Mischief Press Reviews

Alistair MacLeod is a wonderfully talented writer -- Margaret Atwood Exceptional... The book is pervaded by the humour and colour; intensely vivid, and very, very moving * Independent * The novel is close to being a masterpiece. The characters, the light and the weather, the story itself - its beautiful tone and shape, its harsh and melancholy music - stay with you for days afterwards. The novel is simply breathtaking in its emotional range -- Colm Toibin * Irish Times * One of the great undiscovered writers of our time -- Michael Ondaatje You will find scenes from this majestic novel burned into your mind forever -- Alice Munro

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099283928
Publication date: 30th April 2001
Author: Alistair MacLeod
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Alistair MacLeod

Alistair MacLeod was born in 1936 and raised in Cape Breton, Nove Scotia. MacLeod is the author of two short story collections, The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976) and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories (1986) and the novel, No Great Mischief, published in 1999. Written over the course of thirteen years, No Great Mischief won numerous Canadian literary awards and the 2001 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. All of his published short stories, plus one new piece, were collected in Island, published in 2000. Alistair MacLeod died in 2014.

More About Alistair MacLeod

More Books By Alistair MacLeod

Cover for Island  by Alistair MacLeod
Cover for Never Die Wondering  by Alistair MacLeod
Cover for Remembrance by Alistair MacLeod
View All Books By Alistair MacLeod

Share this book