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'An absolutely wonderful story on Radio 4 today. Atmospheric, beautiful and moving.' The late Jon Lord, of Deep Purple about Her Mother's Songs
'I have been reading books for nearly 70 years - many very interesting - but A House Called Askival, I think is one of the best books I ever read.' Ratilal Shah, who found it in a library.
'A profoundly uplifting story' - Jane Anderson, Radio Times, about the Radio 4 play, Immaculate, available on Audible
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After Highland shepherd Colvin Munro disappears, a mysterious trail of his possessions is found in the Cairngorm mountains. Writing the eulogy for his memorial years later, his foundling-sister Mo seeks to discover why he vanished. Younger brother Sorley is also haunted by his absence and driven to reveal the forces that led to Colvin’s disappearance. Is their brother alive or dead?
Set on a farming estate in the upper reaches of the River Spey, Of Stone and Sky follows several generations of a shepherding family in a paean to the bonds between people, their land and way of life. It is a profound mystery, a passionate poem, a political manifesto, shot through with wisdom and humour.
‘An epic and raging sweep of history’ Northwords Now
James Connor, burdened with guilt from a tragedy during India and Pakistan’s Independence and Partition, has dedicated his life to serving India. His estranged daughter, Ruth, believing she came second to her American parents’ missionary calling, rebelled as a teenager. This triggered her own devastating experience during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, following the assassination of Indira Gandhi. After 24 years away, she finally returns to Askival, the family home in the northern hill-station of Mussoorie in Uttarakhand, to tend to her dying father. There, both must confront the past and find forgiveness if they are to cross the chasm between them and be at peace.
In this extraordinary and assured debut, Merryn Glover draws on her own upbringing in South Asia to create this sensitive, moving and panoramic journey through the turbulent history of India from Independence to the present day.
"I have been reading books for nearly 70 years, many very interesting, but I think A House Called Askival is one of the best books I ever read." Ratilal Shah, Kenyan-born Indian
‘Askival will break your heart’ Cynthia Rogerson, award winning author