Caithness Advance Announcement
THE SILVER BOUGH by Neil M. Gunn Foreword by Dairmid Gunn
Anyone who enjoys good writing,
whether or not a collector of the work of Neil M. Gunn will be waiting in
anticipation for October when this Neil Gunn book is republished. A
backdrop of an archaeological story in Scotland serves only to increase
the fascination and appeal. A reprint of one of Gunn’s lighter and
more intriguing books centring on the investigation of an ancient cairn.
At the heart of The Silver Bough is a cairn on a knoll surrounded by
standing stones. This is of professional interest to an archaeologist,
around whom the story revolves. The life-enhancing qualities of the
crofting family with whom he lodges and the quiet tenor of Highland life
bear a curious similarity to his speculations on how ‘the cairn people’
lived in the distant past. His ideas spread outwards like ripples in a
loch, fascinating his colleagues and giving some meaning to the life of a
neighbouring landowner, who is mentally scarred from his experiences in
The plot of the book is imaginative and intricate, and includes the
mystery of skeletons found in a cist in the cairn. As the dig
proceeds, gold is discovered and then disappears. Has it been taken by the
lad the archaeologist has been employing and, if so, where is it? The
search is on and the standing stone claims its sacrificial victim.
Publishing adds this title to growing list available in bookshops or
on the internet.
Paperback 288pp £8.99
foreword by Dairmid Gunn
Set in a Highland shooting lodge, where the
focus is a hunt in a remote deer forest, but this is no ordinary thriller.
The party of wealthy English people, a team of Highland stalkers and a
legendary stag to be hunted in the glens and corries, shrouded against a
background of shifting mist, all contribute to the dramatic essence of the
Wild Geese Overhead
New foreword by Dairmid Gunn
this evocative title comes a powerful novel set in the city of Glasgow in
1939 at the outbreak of war. The main character, a journalist, finds that
a glimpse of wild geese catalyses the development of his thinking on
various levels – social, political and psychological. Another outstanding
novel from the creative pen of Gunn.