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Amanda MacLean: The Flax Flower


2015 novel by Glasgow-born, London-based singer

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P&P: £2.50 UK/Isle of Man/Channel Islands; £5.50 Europe; £8.50 RotW

“A brilliant, harrowing read – a true tragedy – that drops you deep into 17th-century rural Scotland. But it’s not just misery. There’s plenty to discover about songs and singing, and life at the time, all wrapped up in lovely Scottish dialect” – Matthew Crampton

In high summer, two lovers meet and plan a future together. But as the year turns, the candle of their love affair is threatened by the gathering winds of a superstitious, religious, feudal society and an ambitious, unyielding family.

A true story, passed down the centuries in the Scottish ballad Mill o’ Tifty’s Annie, is retold in a clear and passionate new voice.

“This reader, at least, was so well transported into Annie’s world that he had to choke back a tear in the epilogue. That is a mark of the power of this novel, reflecting the power of the old ballad upon which it is based” – David Stenton, Folk London

Amanda MacLean was born and brought up in Glasgow. As a singer, she specialises in traditional Scottish songs and is a familiar face at folk clubs in London, where she now lives.