O Caledonia

O Caledonia

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 30/09/2021
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Our Scottish Book of the Month for October 2021 With a new introduction from Maggie O'Farrell Janet lies murdered beneath the castle stairs, oddly attired in her mother's black lace wedding dress, lamented only by her pet jackdaw... In this, her first novel, Elspeth Barker evokes the unrelenting chill of Calvinism and the Scottish climate; it's a world of isolation and loneliness, where Barker's young protagonist turns to increasingly to literature, nature, and her risque Aunt Lila, who offer brief flashes of respite in an otherwise dank and foreboding life. People, birds and beasts move in a gleeful danse macabre through the lowering landscape in a tale that is as rich and atmospheric as it is witty and mordant. The family motto - Moriens sed Invictus (Dying but Unconquered) - is a fitting epitaph for wild, courageous Janet, and her determination to remain steadfastly herself even as events overtake her.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474620512
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 204g
  • Dimensions: 200 x 126 x 20 mm

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O Caledonia
Caledonia is not a place for idle souls…
‘’At night, when the moon is high it beams through the dying cockatoo and casts his blood drops in a chain of rubies on to the flagstones of the hall. Her... READ MORE
Amalia Gkavea
O Caledonia
Not really a Caledonian Girl
I was more than thirty years late to this book (story of my life!) and only started to read it after seeing a conversation about it on social media. My Lon... READ MORE
Mark Rasdall
O Caledonia
Gothic tale about a wayward girl
Loved this book. It was very atmospheric, funny and just a great story with an excellent wayward girl as the main character. Can’t recommend enough
Nicola Larkin
O Caledonia
O Caledonia by Elspeth Barker
This is a magnificent book and definitely in my top ten of best novels ever. The main character is Janet whose 16 short years of life are described in this... READ MORE
Agnes Brown
O Caledonia
Gloriously Strange and Entirely Wonderful
This was everything I hoped it would be and everything people told me it would be. A magnificently dark, strange and macabre coming of age novel. It's like... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley