And the Land Lay Still

By James Robertson

"And the Land Lay nonetheless" is the sweeping Scottish epic via James Robertson. "And the Land Lay nonetheless" is not anything lower than the tale of a country. James Robertson's breathtaking novel is a portrait of contemporary Scotland as visible throughout the eyes of natives and immigrants, newshounds and politicians, drop-outs and spooks, all attempting to make their manner via a rustic within the throes of serious and speedy swap. it's a relocating, sweeping tale of relatives, friendship, fight and wish - epic in each feel. The winner of the Saltire Society Scottish ebook of the yr Award 2010, "And the Land Lay nonetheless" is a masterful perception into Scotland's heritage within the 20th century and a relocating, superbly written novel of intertwined tales. "Toweringly formidable, nearly perfectly discovered, a masterpiece and, surely, my booklet of the year". ("Daily Mail"). "A jam-packed, dizzying piece of fiction". ("Scotland on Sunday"). "Gripping, vibrant, superbly realized". ("The Times"). "Engrossing". ("Daily Telegraph"). "Powerful and relocating. an excellent and multifaceted saga of Scottish lifestyles within the moment half the 20th century". ("Sunday Times"). "Brilliant and considerate. Eminently readable, refined and profound". ("Independent on Sunday"). "Bold, discursive and deep, Robertson's sweeping background of lifestyles and politics in 20th-century Scotland shouldn't be ignored". (Ian Rankin, "Observer Books of the Year"). James Robertson is the writer of 3 earlier novels: "The Fanatic", "Joseph Knight" and "The testomony of Gideon Mack", that's to be had in Penguin. Joseph Knight was once presented the 2 significant Scottish literary awards in 2003/4 - the Saltire e-book of the 12 months and the Scottish Arts Council publication of the 12 months - and The testomony of Gideon Mack was once longlisted for the fellow Booker Prize, picked by means of Richard and Judy's publication membership, and shortlisted for the Saltire ebook of the yr award.

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That's rebelling,’ she says. ‘Challenging the orthodoxy. besides, it’s diverse. That’s existence and loss of life. ’ ‘The least difficult chronology of all,’ Mike says. § The divorce used to be accomplished in 1965. Angus rented a flat in Glasgow and purchased a run-down apartment, for almost not anything, at Cnoc nan Gobhar at the north coast of Sutherland. He should have taken observe of the positioning at the kinfolk vacation of the former 12 months. ‘I desire a bolt-hole,’ he advised Michael, the 1st time he introduced him there. ‘Somewhere i will be able to get away to each so frequently. this is often excellent. ’ He paid Isobel no matter what she was once due, paid the varsity charges, after which carried on behaving the way in which he continually had. It’s no longer difficult for Mike to work out, on reflection, how his father operated. He used to be any such good-looking, clever charmer that he didn’t need to try out very tough to have ladies fall in love with him. while he and Isobel obtained married, possibly she fairly believed that he might quiet down and be hers on my own for ever, however it used to be by no means going to be like that. Angus loved the corporate of ladies – girls except the only he was once with – an excessive amount of. He couldn’t face up to making them not able to withstand him. He used to be a wanderer in alternative ways too. whilst the Pendreichs nonetheless all lived jointly within the semi-detached villa in Doune that Isobel had inherited from her mom and dad (who have been useless prior to Michael was once aware of them being alive), Angus may burst off for a day’s hillwalking, even within the foulest climate, instead of remain at domestic to be tortured by way of domesticity. And if there has been the opportunity of a task that may take him away, wherever within the British Isles or, for choice, overseas, he may seize it. So Michael used to be used not to seeing his father for lengthy classes, even ahead of the divorce. After it, the telephone may occasionally ring early on a Saturday morning throughout the college vacations, and Michael may rush to respond to it sooner than his mom may possibly, and it'd be Angus asserting he was once in Glasgow and did he fancy an afternoon out? He’d arrive an hour later, honking his horn outdoors the gate in order that none of them needed to undergo the tension of him and Isobel failing to speak. They’d visit Edinburgh or Glasgow, to work out a movie or an exhibition and opt for a meal. while Michael acquired domestic Isobel may ask what they'd performed, and sniff at what he informed her. It was once all rather well for his father to seem as soon as in a blue moon and destroy him yet what approximately her? How did he imagine it made her believe, finally she did for him? and he or she used to be correct and justified and Michael despised her for it, and longed for the subsequent time the telephone could ring. Even higher, Angus could ensue at Kilsmeddum fort, unannounced, in the course of time period. He may time it to be able to arrive on the finish of morning periods on a Saturday, and take Michael to Perth for the remainder of the day. the varsity objected, in fact, yet Angus overruled the objections: he used to be paying strong funds to have his son proficient there and he reserved the precise to take away him at any time when it perfect him. the college might as a consequence whinge to Isobel, who might forbid Michael to compliment his father if he attempted it back.

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