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DOP 22 November 2012
Set in Scotland in the 16th Century amidst an ancient feud between two warring clans, the Cunninghames and Montgomeries. Munro, a follower of the Earl of Glencairn, owes allegiance to the Cunninghames, but after escaping the bloody aftermath of an ambush, faces estrangement from his wife Kate, and inner turmoil, as he is forced to choose between age old obligations and his growing friendship with members of the rival clan. He intervenes to diffuse a dangerous situation that flares up between his cousin Partick Maxwell and Hugh Montgomerie but his efforts are met with swift revenge as William, the Cunninghame heir, murders his brother Archie and his betrothed and pursues Munro and his family who are forced to take drastic measures to escape death.
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Margaret Skea grew up in Ulster at the height of the ‘Troubles’, but now lives with her husband in the Scottish Borders. Her degree in linguistics at St Andrews University was followed by PhD into the Ulster-Scots vernacular, which led, in turn, to an interest in the 16th century history of the west of Scotland. Fascination with this period became the genesis of her debut novel Turn of the Tide – the Historical Fiction Winner in the 2011 Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People’s Novelist Competition. An Hawthornden Fellow and award winning short story writer – her recent credits include the Overall Winner Neil Gunn 2011, Chrysalis Prize 2010, and Winchester Short Story Prize 2009. Shortlisted for Mslexia Short Story 2012 and long-listed for the Matthew Pritchard Award, Fish Short Story and Fish One Page Prize, she has been published in a range of magazines and anthologies in Britain and the USA.