Well known as a journalist and TV presenter, Sally is also a highly acclaimed author, with her brilliant novels The Sealwoman’s Gift and The Ninth Child. Her new novel Music in the Dark springs from family experience – the Highland Clearances of the 19th century. It is set in 1884, opening in a tenement room and kitchen flat in the town of Rutherglen, near Glasgow. A woman with stark injuries to her face and a man recently arrived from America discover a shared past in the brutal evictions which took place in Strathcarron 30 years earlier. Suffused with poetry, this book looks with searing honesty at love in older age, depicting with poignant empathy the long-term physical and mental effects the past can have on us.Photo © Derek Prescott
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