The Dark Ship

By Anne MacLeod

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This saga spans three generations on the Isle of Lewis and has at its heart the story of the sinking of the "Iolaire" in 1919. The ship was bringing troops back from World War I and sank on its entry to Stornoway Harbour, with most on board perishing having survived a war.

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The remote community of Stornoway in the Hebrides is the setting for a striking first novel by Anne MacLeod. An ambitious and best-selling first novel, it centres on a group of friends whose lives are changed irrevocably by the First World War, Iain Murray is charismatic, selfish and charming, and his war poetry makes him a cult figure; Calum is the talented musician whose crippled leg keeps him out of the army; John-Angus is the innocent who becomes a war hero and Mairi, the pivotal character, and daughter of the island's draper who loves Calum, shocks the community when she becomes pregnant by Iain. But also pregnant by Iain is the girl Iain really loves - Dulcie. When a Channel 4 producer finds a copy of Iain's poems and learns he was the hero of a war film, The Dark Ship, she travels to Scotland to interview the only survivor, John-Angus, and learns the tangled story of their lives. The sinking of the lolaire is the powerful climax of this modern love saga.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Neil Wilson Publishing
Publication Date 19 Apr 2002
ISBN 9781903238578
Number of Pages 412

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'MacLeod's achievement is the format of the family saga and a refreshingly light, observational tone to do something quite complicated... Anne MacLeod should write more books.' The Sunday Herald 'This is a big and exhilarating book, with extraordinary powers of structuring and flexibility of narrative... lives are laced together powerfully over the century. a fine, mature and moving book.' The Herald 'A striking first novel by poet Anne Macleod ... an ambitious work which takes in both world wars ... excellent at describing the jealousies and bigotry of a small, insular community.' Sunday Express 'Strongly compelling.' The List 'Shrewd humour, sympathy and real achievement.' The Scotsman

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