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The House by the Loch - Kirsty Wark

The House by the Loch - Kirsty Wark
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Title: The House by the Loch

Author:  Kirsty Wark

ISBN:  9781444777642

Weight:  889g

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The House by the Loch by Kirsty Wark

A sweeping novel of family drama and long-hidden secrets, set in the beautiful Scottish countryside, from the bestselling author of The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle.

Scotland, 1950s

Walter MacMillan is bewitched by the clever, glamorous Jean Thompson and can’t believe his luck when she agrees to marry him.  Neither can she, for Walter represents a steady and loving man who can perhaps quiet the demons inside her.  Yet their home on remote Loch Doon soon becomes a prison for Jean and neither a young family, nor Walter’s care, can seem to save her.

Many years later, Walter is with his adult children and adored grandchildren on the shores of Loch Doon where the family has been holidaying for two generations.  But the shadows of the past stretch over them and will turn all their lives upside down on one fateful weekend.

The House by the Loch is the story of a family in all its loving complexity, and the way it can, and must, remake itself endlessly in order to make peace with the past.

Peer & Press Reviews

Kirsty Wark has woven a brilliant tapestry, pulling together the threads of three generations and setting their lives against the background of one of the most beautiful and atmospheric places in Britain.  Many good novelists write well about the inner lives of their characters and some can make the landscape come alive, but very few can do both as well as Kirsty.  I loved The House by the Loch and couldn’t wait to turn each page.

Alistair Moffat, author of The Hidden Ways

It’s a very Scottish novel, not only in its setting but in its suggestion of the duality of human nature…  One test of a novel is whether you almost immediately want to read it again.  A second is whether you find still more in it at this second reading.  I would guess that for many The House by the Loch will pass both tests, colours flying.

Allan Massie, The Scotsman

It took me back to the books I adored when I was young – the sheer pleasure of immersing yourself in a single family, past and present, their lives in thrall to the sweep and power of the landscape.  You need curiosity and generosity to write like this and Wark has so much of both.  Her understanding of family – its mysteries, losses and secrets, and especially the fraught tenderness between mothers and daughters – is masterful.

Julie Myerson, author of Something Might Happen

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
TitleThe House by the Loch
Author
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Book Stats
PublisherJohn Murray Press
ImprintTwo Roads
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139781444777642
ISBN 101444777645
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages365
Size (h x w x d)241 x 163 x 37mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographHeather Yates
Jacket designBecky Glibbery
Jacket photographsGenevieve Naylor and Milan Juza / Getty
MapRodney Paull

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