Ardnish Was Home

A Novel

By Angus MacDonald

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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A young piper, Donald Peter (DP) Gillies, brought up in a remote community in the West Highlands, signs up to join the famous Lovat Scouts. He and his childhood friend are destined for the horrors of Gallipoli and the deprivation of the First World War. After being seriously injured in action, he encounters Louise, a Queen Alexandra Corps nurse who cares for him. As DP lies wounded, far from Scotland, his mind turns to home and he recalls the tales that have been passed down his family from generation to generation. The story then follows the pair's desperate escape bid through enemy territory.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 20 Sep 2016
ISBN 9781780274263
Number of Pages 256

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'Extraordinary. Far more than another wartime love affair. I closed the book with the strong feeling of the importance of kin shire, the need to nurture one another, and the power of love. It will enter your soul'

'a tragic tale, captivating and a good read' 

'Striking, charming, page-turning novel about love in the ruins of the first world war' 

'Burns with love for his country…[Macdonald's] plain, easy-going style takes on a natural engaging momentum'

'a genuine portrait of a time gone forever ... a very good read'

'This is a book that is truly enthralling - brutal, poetic, unjust but beautiful… A beautiful yet tragic tale, set in the First World War, Ardnish Was Home kept me captivated throughout and left wanting more at the end. It delivers everything the title implies about family and community in the Scottish Highlands and illustrates that love can be found in the most desperate of circumstances'

'a fast-paced narrative with deeply likeable characters … far more than yet another wartime love story … impossible to put down'

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