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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178206673X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782066736
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Sep 2013
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This is a beautifully told tale of love, loyalty and rivalry set in late 16th century Scotland. Based on the Border Ballad, Fair Helen of Kirconnel Lea, this novel tells the story of what has been called Scotland's Romeo and Juliet, through the eyes of someone who was an observer of events as they unfolded.

Retelling the story of the most memorable days of his life, the narrator, now in his seventies, looks back on the events of his youth - the family rivalries of the Scottish Borders, the kye (cattle) rustling, the jockeying for political and family favour, the passions, loves and regrets of his life.

The story flows very well, building up in intensity nicely towards the end, and I found myself happily immersed in Scotland in the days of James VI, or Jamie Saxt, for a few pleasant hours. I supect I would not have enjoyed it there, then, though...

Andrew Greig uses Scottish words fairly frequently throughout the book -this really helps with the atmosphere of the tale and if you are Scottish you will have no problem - if not there is a helpful glossary at the end of the book, though most of the words come to mind fairly intuitively without that.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and was sad to have turned the last page.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Devon Girl on 8 Oct 2013
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I was inspired to purchase this on Kindle by reading a review in the Literary Review (which the publishers have yet to add to the complimentary comments from other press reviews on Amazon). It is, quite simply, one of the finest historical novels I have ever read. Wonderfully realized in both the place and time it describes, the 1590s in the lawless Borders, where blood feuds going back generations are still rife, it has great literary merit without sacrificing historical accuracy. It describes a cruel and violent period with lyricism that is often moving and is utterly compelling from the first page. I can't praise it too highly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Sep 2013
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I have to confess to being a huge fan of Andrew Grieg and was really looking forward to this book. This was not in vain as he has produced what may be described as an old fashioned sort of book, one that tells a well worn tale with heart and soul and a fair sense of drama. For me Grieg's main accomplishment has always been an ability to paint beautiful pictures with language that is neither pretentious nor fussy, just to the point and somehow "good". In this case he succeeds brilliantly although to be fair, because of the consistent use of Scots vernacular many will find the glossary a constant companion, which may hinder the flow for non Scots but even then Grieg's gentle pacing and subtle rhythms mean that most readers won't find this a burden.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mr william a mcmillan on 9 Jan 2014
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A vivid , visceral tale set in the wild border country of 16th century Scotland. The characters were beautifully drawn by Andrew Greig. A poetic genius!
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