Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Su Bristow

New author, debut novel, and what a corker!


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My review -

Donald is out in his boat on the skerry and sees a group of seals come ashore. They shrug off their skins and, as naked young women, dance freely in the night. He hides one of the skins and one girl is trapped, unable to go home to the sea. That’s the basic legend that many of us are familiar with. They beauty of this book is that it takes the story onward and tells us how Donald and his seal girl make a life together.

I love a bit of mythology and this gorgeous story fleshes out a legend to give us real characters coping with a hard life. There are choices to be made, and Donald has made a bad one initially – but he wants to make up for it. It’s simply told and so believable. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something different.

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