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The Highland Witch
     

The Highland Witch

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by Susan Fletcher
 

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“Fletcher gives readers a strong plot . . . and a triumphant heroine in Corrag, whose travails are truly epic.”—Publishers Weekly
In 1692, brilliant, captivating Corrag-accused witch, orphaned herbalist, and unforgettable heroine-is imprisoned in the Scottish highlands, suspected of witchcraft and murder. As she awaits her death she tells her

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“Fletcher gives readers a strong plot . . . and a triumphant heroine in Corrag, whose travails are truly epic.”—Publishers Weekly
In 1692, brilliant, captivating Corrag-accused witch, orphaned herbalist, and unforgettable heroine-is imprisoned in the Scottish highlands, suspected of witchcraft and murder. As she awaits her death she tells her story to Charles Leslie, an Irish propagandist who seeks information she may have condemning the Protestant King William. Hers is a story of passion, courage, love, and the magic of the natural world. By telling it, she transforms both their lives. Originally published in hardcover under the title Corrag: A Novel.

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Washington Post
A stirring historical romance. . . . sweeps out a lot of the old clichés about witches and casts an enchanting spell in favor of bold women everywhere.— Ron Charles
Historical Novel Review
“A beautifully written story. . . . Vivid, well-researched and gripping . . . an assault on the senses. Highly recommended.”
Ron Charles - Washington Post
“A stirring historical romance. . . . sweeps out a lot of the old clichés about witches and casts an enchanting spell in favor of bold women everywhere.”
Library Journal
Whitbread Award winner Fletcher brings a stunning retelling of the 1692 Glencoe massacre in which 38 members of Clan MacDonald were killed by the king's soldiers in the Scottish highlands. Corrag, an accused witch, relates her story to Charles Leslie, an Irish Jacobite seeking evidence against the king. Jailed and waiting to be burned, Corrag agrees to tell Charles what he wants to know, but he must listen to her whole tale. And what a tale it is—luminous prose transports the listener to Corrag's side as she searches for a home, finds joy in the little wonders of life, and braves the brutality of those who don't understand her. Award-winning narrator Rosalyn Landor is convincing in her vocal choices, handling strong accents and remarkable male voices and employing a perfect timbre for the delicate Corrag. VERDICT This evocative tale will linger long after the last words are spoken. It will appeal to fans of historical fiction and those who enjoy works by Diana Gabaldon and Philippa Gregory. ["Corrag's story and the brutality suffered by women throughout the British Isles need to be retold in each generation," read the starred review of the Norton hc, then titled Corrag, LJ 9/15/10.—Ed.]—Donna Bachowski, Orange Cty. Lib. Syst., Orlando, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393341386
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
327,796
Product dimensions:
8.22(w) x 5.58(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Fletcher is the author of Eve Green, which won the Whitbread Award for First Novel, Oystercatchers, and The Highland Witch. She lives in the United Kingdom.

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The Highland Witch: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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This is a beautifully written, up close and personal look at a real historical tragedy - the Massacre at Glencoe, Scotland, in 1692. You can read other sources for a plot summary. Let me just say that it's filled with the beauty and sadness of all life. Moving, lovely, a book with great heart, a unique point of view, and glorious prose.