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Corrag [Hardcover]

Susan Fletcher
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4 Mar 2010

The new novel from Susan Fletcher, author of the bestselling Eve Green and Oystercatchers.

The Massacre of Glencoe happened at 5am on 13th February 1692 when thirty-eight members of the Macdonald clan were killed by soldiers who had enjoyed the clan's hospitality for the previous ten days. Many more died from exposure in the mountains.

Fifty miles to the south Corrag is condemned for her involvement in the Massacre. She is imprisoned, accused of witchcraft and murder, and awaits her death. The era of witch-hunts is coming to an end - but Charles Leslie, an Irish propagandist and Jacobite, hears of the Massacre and, keen to publicise it, comes to the tollbooth to question her on the events of that night, and the weeks preceding it. Leslie seeks any information that will condemn the Protestant King William, rumoured to be involved in the massacre, and reinstate the Catholic James.

Corrag agrees to talk to him so that the truth may be known about her involvement, and so that she may be less alone, in her final days. As she tells her story, Leslie questions his own beliefs and purpose - and a friendship develops between them that alters both their lives.

In Corrag, Susan Fletcher tells us the story of an epic historic event, of the difference a single heart can make - and how deep and lasting relationships that can come from the most unlikely places.



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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007321597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007321599
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Fletcher was born in 1979 in Birmingham. She is the author of the bestselling 'Eve Green' winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award, 'Oystercatchers' and 'Witch Light'.

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Praise for Oystercatchers:

'Fletcher has a remarkable talent with words…her approach to the world is side-on, not direct; she is attuned to the ambiguities, the spaces, the gaps left in language, the things that are not spoken; she imbues inanimate objects with a life of their own, a history and a personality and a voice. Fletcher is the woman writer par excellence: intelligent, perceptive, intuitive…British readers looking for a local equivalent to Alice Munro won't have to look much further…She is a highly talented writer and fully deserves the acclaim she has received - and the popularity that goes with it.' The Scotsman

'Oystercatchers is a stunning novel…both emotionally discomfiting and romantic; at times puzzling, it is profound, beautiful and redemptive. Oystercatchers is the work of a seriously talented young author in possession of one of the most poetic and original voices working now.' Joanna Briscoe, Guardian

'Her prose is extraordinarily lyrical: haunted, dreamlike and precise, reminiscent at times of Sylvia Plath…Fletcher's words are undeniably beautiful and her themes are profound…a haunting novel.' Sunday Times

About the Author

Susan Fletcher was born in 1979 in Birmingham. She is the author of the bestselling Eve Green and Oystercatchers.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Of Love and Landscape 22 Mar 2010
By Annabel Gaskell VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
"I was always for places. I was made for the places where people did not go - like forests, or the soft marshy ground where feet sank down and to walk there made a suck suck sound. Me as a child was often in bogs. I watched frogs, or listened to how rushes were in breezes and I like that - how they sounded. Which is how I knew what I was."

So speaks Corrag; a young woman in prison accused of witchcraft and aiding members of the MacDonald clan to escape the massacre at Glencoe in 1692. In shackles and awaiting her death at the stake, she tells her story to a visitor to her cell. How she grew up in Northumberland and had to flee into Scotland when her mother was accused of being a witch ...

"She shook her head. `You are going alone. You are leaving me now, and you must not come back. Be careful. Be brave. Never be sorry for what you are, Corrag - but do not love people. Love is too sore and makes life hard to bear ...'
I nodded. I heard her, and knew.
She fastened her cloak on me. She smoothed my hair, put up the cloak's hood.
`Be good to every living thing,' she whispered.
`Listen to the voice in you.
I will never be far away from you. And I will see you again - one day.'"

Corrag is Susan Fletcher's third novel, which ultimately tells the story of the mass murder of the Jacobite MacDonald clan by soldiers under orders from King William. Corrag herself was probably real, but her visitor, Charles Leslie certainly was. He was a Stuart supporter and came from Ireland to investigate the massacre. He urges Corrag to tell what happened, but first she wants to tell him how a Sassenach girl came to live in the Highlands.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the place 16 April 2010
By possessed.by.a.lemon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I find this review troublesome and difficult to write. You see, I've just finished this book in under three days, which is Usain Bolt speed for me and incredibly rare. It was yesterday that I reached the final page, and in some ways I feel depressed writing about it today. Depressed that I'm stuck in front of a PC in a house when I want to be back in the Scottish Highlands that the book took me to all too briefly for my liking.

I spent my first and most cherished childhood holiday in a caravan at the parks of Appin. I remember the day my family drove to Glencoe. I was mesmerised by the mountains and the sunlight on them, the way they appeared to open up and welcome me. The opening paragraph (save for Charles Leslie's first 'prologue'-esque letter to his wife) of Corrag had the exact same effect on me, and I was (forgive me Father, for I'm about to pun unintentionally) bewitched by every page after.

I've read other reviews, both from fellow Amazonians and from professional critics, that accuse the book of dragging on, of being a hard slog, and claiming that Fletcher could have done with an editor. And while I can take these concerns on board, it's all in the eye of the beholder. Sure, Corrag does take more time getting to the point than your average politician - if you consider the point to be the Glencoe Massacre, that is. But the title is not 'The Glencoe Massacre' (although that atrocity is stitched perfectly into the narrative's fabric) and I for one would be more than happy to read the outtakes of Corrag's life story. If you feel differently, I fear you may be a little dead inside.

The eponymous heroine (for she most definitely is a heroine) has instantly found a place amongst my favourite literary creations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Corrag - outstanding 30 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
Superb. Evocative, enchanting, bewitching. Very different in theme and setting to 'Eve Green' and 'Oystercatchers' by the same author (also outstanding), but no less wonderful. The style and 'feel' of this book is of old fashioned story telling, almost dream like at times. It is inevitably historical due to its period setting which may put off some readers, but as far as quality of writing is concerned, it absolutely delivers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars corrag 25 Mar 2010
Format:Hardcover
I have read Eve Green and Oystercatchers by Susan Fletcher and was mesmerised by both these books. I thought that she could not get much better. but I was mistaken. Having almost finished Corrag I could not miss the opportunity to share my thoughts on this beautifully written historical novel.Susan's research into the area surrounding Glencoe is meticulous,I know the area well having walked and climbed here many years ago. Her description of Coire Gabhail i.e The lost valley is spot on. I could smell the peat and heather conjured up by her beautiful prose.However ,even if the reader is not familier with this part of Scotland Susan's descriptive powers will soon put this right. A thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing book. Cant wait for her next effort.Corrag
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 12 Aug 2010
By lonouri
Format:Hardcover
This is a beautiful book. The description of the Scottish landscape leaves you feeling like you are there yourself.
I did not feel that the book dragged on at all; I finished it within 3 days! I think cutting down the size of the book would have done more damage than good. The reader is supposed to feel like they are travelling through Corrag's life with her.
A very moving story. I fully recommend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wordy
I bought this book after reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. It had been recommended by a reviewer who had disliked Ms Kent's book and as I had also had great difficulty with... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J E Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars refreshingly unique
The book is uniquely different, makes you think. There is an immediate 'tuning in' with the characters. So well written.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs S Bruzas
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!
Beautifully written. This is a book that stayed with me long after I'd read the last page. I will now visit Glencoe to see it through Corrag's eyes.
Published 3 months ago by Heather Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
I love this book. It's very emotive. The main character is incredibly compelling and really knows how to tell a story.
Published 7 months ago by Lynette Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Corrag
loved this book, very visual would recommend this . Susan Fletcher has a way of writing that evokes the sights smell and nature of scotlands wild terrain.
Published 7 months ago by annie smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written book
I knew I would love this book from the very first page, the prose have a lyrical quality. I could feel, smell and touch what Corrag describes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Vivien E Marno
3.0 out of 5 stars well-written but a bit of a slog
Personally, I didn't enjoy Eve Green and found the subject to be dull but I was looking forward to Corrag because of its setting. Read more
Published 12 months ago by love reading
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
I have to say living in Fort William, a stones throw from Glen Coe, that this is, by far, the best book I have ever read. Read more
Published 15 months ago by mrs sue wells
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard going
I have read several books by Susan Fletcher and was looking forward to this one. But I was disappointed, it was hard going and I found it a real labour to read.
Published 15 months ago by tracey hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This was a superb book and one that will live on my 'keepers' shelf. It's set in Scotland in the 1600s and is based around the Glencoe Massacres. Read more
Published 18 months ago by kehs
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