Scottish Forgotten Authors

Marriage - Susan Ferrier

Gillespie - J. MacDougall Hay

Ringan Gilhaize - John Galt

PUBLICATION DATE October 2014
PRICE £2.99
ISBN 9781910486009 (epub) 9781910486016 (mobi)
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"Forgotten no more, not by me anyway!! It was a joy to read these novels in all their Scottish
diversity … my literary education has been enhanced by the experience" – 4* Amazon review


The Scottish Forgotten Authors collection brings together classic works by three authors who deserve wider readership.

Marriage by Susan Ferrier

Susan Ferrier’s first novel Marriage was written in 1810 but published anonymously in 1818. It combines Ferrier’s vivid description of Scottish life with both humour and her strong views on female education and marriage. It recounts the tale of Lady Juliana who defies her father’s plans for marriage and elopes with the penniless Henry Douglas. Her twin daughters are then raised separately in London and Scotland, and the story then follows the sensible and patient Mary through her journey to happily marry the man she loves. This will be the first time that Marriage has been professionally published as an ebook.

Gillespie by J. MacDougall Hay

MacDougall Hay’s Gillespie is an intense literary novel that paints a grim picture of Calvinist Scotland. It was almost certainly an attempt to dispel the sentimental ‘Kailyard’ image popularized by authors such as S.R. Crockett and Gabriel Setoun that perpetuated the myth of a contented working class and benevolent landowners. Gillespie Strang is a ruthless entrepreneur prepared to go to any lengths in his pursuit of power and wealth amongst the 19th century fishing communities of the west coast of Scotland.

Ringan Gilhaize by John Galt

The story spans three generations to paint a picture of one of Scotland’s most turbulent periods. The tale is told by Ringan Gilhaize, a Covenanter and grandson of Michael Gilhaize who lived through the Reformation. Set against a backdrop of political and religious conflict that ultimately leads to the battle of Killiecrankie, the novel deals with themes of loyalty, violence and justice.
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