Of Stone and Sky
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A paean to the bonds between people, their land and way of life'
A rich stew of a novel, one with a Victorian complexity of plot, a family saga which is also a socio-economic survey of Highland history ... a considerable achievement'
With the most wonderful blend of stark and sharp plot lines mixed with richly descriptive detailing, this is a beautifully readable novel. It stands independently outside of genres as it slips into mystery, family drama, and relationship tales and covers nearly one hundred years. Merryn Glover has an evocative pen, the descriptions sing, the sense of place flowed into my awareness and I found I couldn't stop reading. An unexpected novel, echoing the past and asking questions of the future, it really is a truly lovely read'
Glover writes with a poet's clarity and economy ... each of the pieces of the jigsaw is compelling in its own right and interlink to create a picture of considerable beauty and power ... exceptionally touching'
This complex, exquisitely written and meticulously-structured work covers almost a century. It deals with love, community, family, the legacies of the past; but also with alcoholism, tragedy, betrayal and loss. It’s immensely readable – and overflowing with grace'
The lyrical, descriptive writing style pairs perfectly with the sweeping landscape ... Of Stone and Sky is brimming with life, love and just enough Scottish stuff: dialect, tradition, song and prayer'
Dundee Courier, Scottish Book of the Week
An enthralling mystery, family saga and Sunset Song-esque ode to the land'
The Herald, 25 Summer Reads
A stunning story, beautifully written…[Merryn Glover] paints a richly detailed portrait of her setting. A book which deserves widespread recognition…outstanding Scottish literary fiction'
Portobello Book Blog
A novel full of connection and mystery… with the backdrop of the beautiful Scottish Highlands, this is a story of love, wisdom, and wit'
About the Book
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.
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