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on 22 June 2015
Shirley McKay is such a gifted writer! No word is wasted, and her depiction of a bygone age in which human characters live and move and react in such a timeless fashion, is flawless. Set in St Andrews, Scotland, the accent, character and sheer humanity of her creations are irresistible. The central character, Hew Cullen, is likeable and we hope, feel and journey with him.
In this story, a Dutch ship flounders off the Scottish coast, and is wrecked on the rocks as it tries to reach the safe harbour of St Andrews. The whole town is mesmerised by the sight of the ship and its special cargo, and soon a tug of war ensues between the good people of that town to gain possession and control of that cargo. Emotion runs so high, someone is prepared to kill for it...... Despite his efforts to stay neutral, Huw is drawn into the situation and finds himself tossed on the tide of events, just like the ship.