Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival Online 2020
Broadcast Date Sunday 27 September
After the stunning success of her debut The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle, Kirsty Wark has pulled off one of the most difficult challenges in literature; how to follow up a terrific first novel with an even better second.
With The House by the Loch, she has succeeded brilliantly. It is a love story, a family story, a tale salted with an intense sense of place – but most of all, the novel is a page-turner. Desperate to know what happens next, the reader is kept perched on the edge of their seat as a story of mystery, loss and complexity unfolds, twisting and turning in unexpected directions.
Set on the shores of Loch Doon in Galloway, the novel assembles a cast of superbly realised characters whose thoughts and actions not only intrigue and surprise, but also persuade the reader to care about them.
Described by critics as ‘evocative’, ‘deeply satisfying’, ‘atmospheric’ and ‘masterful’, The House by the Loch is compelling reading.
Both her first novel and The House by the Loch draw on personal memory and experience. Kirsty will talk about how much of herself is in these novels and what that imparts to their stories and their characters.
Kirsty talks to Lee Randall.
photo credit: Heather Yates
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