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Music in the Dark

Sally Magnusson

Music in the Dark
Music in the Dark

Music in the Dark

Sally Magnusson

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1884. A tenement room-and-kitchen flat in Rutherglen, near Glasgow. A woman with stark injuries to her face and her mind and a man recently arrived from America spend the night together. Through facing their shared past and the brutal events of 30 years ago, they can finally glimpse a future of new possibilities.

Music in the Dark is a beautifully-written piece of work, achieved with immense skill. The portrayal of Jamesina Ross as she is shattered and put back together by the light-touch constancy of Niall Munro is perfectly balanced. The minute focus on these two individuals tells a huge story of the C19th Highlands, Glasgow and North America that readers will find deeply affecting

An engrossing, beautifully written novel about the Highland Clearances and the long-term physical, emotional and psychological damage done to those who were forced from their homes and homeland. Like all good historical fiction, it both illuminates the past and speaks eloquently to the present

A wonderful and moving story, beautifully told . . . an episode of history brought vividly to life

I absolutely loved this book. An important and brutal historical event - but also a tender and unusual love story. It gave me writer envy

Truer to the reality of clearance and what came after than many ostensibly factual accounts of those events

Part understated love story and part lament for a people and way of life brushed aside to make way for a more profitable commodity . . . this affecting novel attests to a heartfelt faith in the power of song to heal wounds and keep memories alive

Her best yet . . . Beautifully written and utterly absorbing, it is a fiction fashioned from fact

There is nothing tentative about Sally Magnusson's new novel; it is a fine piece of craftsmanship . . . This is a delightful and sympathetic novel, beautifully written

Magnusson tackles the dual timescale with perfect assurance in a beautifully written novel that makes you think and feel at the same time

A deeply moving, astonishing and beautiful book. Several times its unexpected twists took me by surprise and I caught my breath . . . What a remarkable, gifted and courageous person Sally Magnusson is, steeped in the power of words, a story teller, driven by conscience, our best commentator on national events. There is nothing sentimental here. It's a wonderful book about hope and the possibility of healing

Sally Magnusson's third novel delves again into the experience of women on which the historical record is largely silent - this time placing a Victorian washer-woman of low class, despised race, advancing age and brilliant but injured mind into exhilarating light, and exploring the effect of brutal community displacement. Her debut novel, The Sealwoman's Gift (2018), about the experience of a seventeenth century Icelandic woman abducted into slavery, was shortlisted for 6 literary prizes. The Ninth Child (2020) was acclaimed for its blend of historical realism and chilling folklore. She is also the author of the Sunday Times bestselling memoir, Where Memories Go: Why Dementia changes Everything (2016).

Specifications

  • Publisher
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • Pub date
    Apr 2024
  • Pages
    336
  • Theme
    Historical fiction
  • Dimensions
    198 x 128 x 26 mm
  • Weight
    236 gram
  • EAN
    9781529345957
  • Paperback
    Paperback
  • Language
    English

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