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Of Stone and Sky Reviews

Of Stone and Sky by Merryn Glover

Of Stone and Sky

Merryn Glover

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1 review

Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publication date: 6 May 2021
ISBN: 9781846975653

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.

3 stars out of 5
Allan Massie
21 Apr 2021

"Merryn Glover’s new novel takes in 300 years of Highland history, and asks us what we can learn from it"

In short, Glover has assembled a company which enables her to examine, through their interests, memories, opinions and life-histories, issues of land-ownership and land-management, and she also questions of the compatibility of economic development and conservation, which has agitated and perplexed the Highlands since at least the disintegration and destruction of the old Gaelic society after the failure of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. Most of the matters she dwells on will be familiar to Scottish readers, familiar to the point of tedium for many. However, by presenting them to us through the lives, experiences, hopes and fears of her imagined characters she contrives to give them a new and urgent life. This is a considerable achievement.