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Star Gazing [Kindle Edition]

Linda Gillard
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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'This was a joy to read from the first page to the last... Romantic and quirky and beautifully written'
- WWW.LOVEREADING.CO.UK

'A read for diehard romantics with a bent towards environmental issues'
- ABERDEEN PRESS AND JOURNAL

'This is a story of love, music, and nature, with touches of the supernatural and a very engaging and believable heroine. As a bonus, you're transported to the Isle of Skye and Edinburgh... An enjoyable novel by a reliably good writer'
- ADELE GERAS

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"A read for diehard romantics with a bent towards environmental issues."

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (16 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00550O0S8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Linda Gillard is the author of seven novels and she lives in the Scottish Highlands.

Linda graduated from Bristol University, then trained as an actress at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Whilst under-employed at the National Theatre, she developed a sideline as a freelance journalist. She ran two careers concurrently for a while, then gave up acting to raise a family and write from home. At the age of 40 she re-trained as a teacher and taught for some years, then moved to the Isle of Skye where she lived for six years, writing full-time.

Linda's first novel, EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY was short-listed for the 2006 Waverton Good Read Award. STAR GAZING was short-listed for "Romantic Novel of the Year 2009" and "The Robin Jenkins Literary Award", the UK's first environmental book award.

Linda's fourth novel, HOUSE OF SILENCE quickly became a Kindle bestseller. It was selected by Amazon UK for their Top Ten "Best of 2011" in the Indie Author category.

UNTYING THE KNOT was awarded a B.R.A.G Medallion by the Book Readers' Appreciation Group, as was CAULDSTANE, Linda's latest bestseller, a gothic novel in the tradition of Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully evocative 30 May 2008
Format:Paperback
Linda Gillard's third published novel has two marvellous settings, including a beautifully-created Edinburgh; and a wonderful, spiky, difficult heroine. I wanted to bang her head together with another character's a few times, but that was because I CARED about her! The supporting cast is wonderful and provides some giggles and sweet moments. The added dimension of describing a character's experiences without using visual imagery gives the book a depth and interest that the casual reader might not expect - wonderfully evocative. An excellent read and highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By GilPhil
Format:Paperback
By turns funny, heartwrenching and heartstopping, this novel is never less than engrossing. To involve the reader so completely and convincingly in Marianne's story is a terrific achievement. Marianne is a wonderful heroine - and this is coming from a reader who usually wants to slap heroines within five pages. She's spiky, occasionally bad-tempered, endlessly angry for very good reasons, yet she's also resourceful, independent, emotionally mature and vulnerable. She's real. The gorgeous Keir is not more than a match for her - he's just a perfect match, and a perfect fit. As for Louisa and Garth, they're terrific. I loved this book - and I wasn't sure, right to the last chapter, how it would end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is one of my all-time favourite books. For me it is a beautiful distraction. Marianne Fraser is the strong heroine of the story not only is she blind from birth but she is fiercely independent.

Music fills her world and she is a great lover of opera she says it "pours a vision of a wider world into her ears" (taken from chapter 1) she also tells us in the same chapter "music goes directly to her heart, it pierces her soul and stirs her with nameless emotions, countless ideas and aural pictures". Simply beautiful.

One of my most favourite parts is early on in the book when Marianne meets Kier whilst seated in Edingburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden 'listening' to the trees. She tells us in Chapter 2 that she can find her own way to the ‘Botanics’ as she has “memorised her route as a sequence of numbers”.

In chapter 2 Kier asks Marianne if she would like him to describe himself to her. She asks at one point “if the colour of your hair were a smell, what would it be?” at first he says “That’s a tough one. It’s a rich brown. Goes a bit red in the summer.” “Useless. I need smells” Marianne tells him. Then on the second attempt he gets it perfectly right “Walnuts. Walnuts when you crack them open at Christmas”. Isn’t that description so delicious? Linda Gillard has got descriptive writing down to a pure art form.

From this beautiful book I learned how to cherish the gifts I was born with, I take nothing for granted. I purchased and now often listen to some of the music mentioned in the book. I close my eyes and listen to it from Marianne’s viewpoint. I love to walk around my environment and take in everything, especially when strolling through the woods. I inhale my surroundings; I listen to the wind & rain in the trees.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars profoundly thought provoking... 19 Dec. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I finished reading ‘Star Gazing’ by Lind Gillard this week. Someone recommended it to me as one of ‘the best books ever written’ and not sure about that claim, but I did enjoy it. It was all about the life and loves of a blind woman, particularly apt for me now, as I am having problems with my own eyesight.
My optician can do no more to help me to see any better, but recommends that I take frequent breaks from books and the computer. When I asked how frequent, he thought that after every twenty minutes I should rest my eyes for ten minutes.
As you can imagine, this upset me a great deal as everything I love to do involves wearing my glasses. Refusing to co-operate is not really an option, for if I forget, I get the most awful giddiness and nausea.
So, was reading a book about blindness a good idea?
In a way it was, for far from being a sad book, I was introduced to a very different world, one full of the importance of touching, and noises, smells and emotions. The way someone can describe what the rest of us see, in such a way that a blind person can ‘see’ it too.
For example, ‘ice’ was described as ‘frozen music’.
What made me think was the power our memories have, and how somebody who has no memories can manage to create some, even if they cannot see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A strong delicate and beautiful story! 4 Jan. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a beautiful, imaginative and heart-felt story of a blind woman's courage and adventure into a future she's reluctant to engage trust. The description of how a blind person experiences life and just what the limitations and amazing gifts of instinct and innovation they might have was wonderfully insightful. It isn't easy to imagine being blind, no matter how hard a sighted person tries. It revealed how very frightening it would to be if one was so hindered, and yet this wonderful, strong-minded and, at times, pig-headed woman tackles things a sighted person would shrink from. She's feisty, vulnerable, strong and generous too. I loved the settings, the characters and the twists and turns of the plot. Marriane and her sister Louisa are contrasting characters that give the story breadth and add a touch of humour to a serious, delightful and amazing story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the ending of this intricate love story between Marriane and Kier had me guessing all the way to the end. Brilliant!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Shelma
I have just finished the second reading of this story as it was so enjoyable on first reading.It really makes you think about all the things sighted people take for granted. Read more
Published 2 months ago by shelma
3.0 out of 5 stars The early chapters are poorly scripted depicting pathetic characters....
Only one of the four characters in this story are credible. Barth provides some light relief in this emotionally overplayed and immature saga. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!
Once I started reading this, I couldn't put it down. Marianne might be blind but she's independent and strong. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Melanie King
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Enjoyably improbable.
Published 6 months ago by Sueh
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story
I just love all of Linda Gillard`s books!
Please carry on writing and quickly!
The character of Kier is a dream he's just so brave heart. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jayne Clegg
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely story
great read and likeable characters, great insight to experiencing what it is like to be blind. Good story well written
Published 10 months ago by lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars good story
I liked the story and all the characters in it . Thought it was a great insight into how a person is aware of and how they deal with the world around them if they are blind. Read more
Published 11 months ago by MAUREEN
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Seeing' space and sound
A lovely book, thoughtful and thought-provoking, allowing one to 'see' the world in all its beauty in a different way.
Published 11 months ago by Bibliophan
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely lovely lovely x
What a lovely love story. Nothing horrid, violent or nasty.. What a refreshing book. I couldn't put it own once I'd started it. Gorgeous ..
Published 12 months ago by gladlegs
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book.
Superb.I set aside the day when I read a Linda Gillard book and devour it in one sitting. Quite simply the best author I've ever come across.
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