A spellbinding and beautiful novel from the acclaimed author of The House Between Tides, winner of the Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2018.
A WATERSTONES SCOTTISH BOOK OF THE MONTH PICK!
The new novel from the acclaimed author of The House Between Tides, winner of the Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2018!
'Sarah Maine is a master of Scottish historical fiction' Sunday Post
It is the women who are keepers of tales.
Atmospheric, intoxicating and filled with intrigue, this sweeping novel is an epic story spanning the centuries, that links three women together across history.
Libby Snow spent her childhood hearing stories and legends from long ago. Now an archaeologist, her job is to dig deeper into the past, but her excavation at Ullaness, on Scotland's west coast has a very personal resonance. For the headland of Ullaness holds not only the secrets of the legend of Ulla, the Norsewoman, but also begins the strange story of Ellen.
Libby's grandmother passed on these tales - of love, betrayal and loss - but the more Libby learns at Ullaness, the more twisted the threads become. When human remains are discovered in the dunes, it becomes clear that time, and intention, have distorted accounts of what happened there. Is it too late to uncover the truth? Or is Libby herself in danger of being caught up in this tangled web of fable and deceit?
Praise for Sarah Maine:
'An echo of Daphne du Maurier' - Independent
'Maine adroitly weaves together the three strands of her novel' Sunday Times
'Maine writes beautifully about the wilderness' - The Times
'Maine skillfully balances a Daphne du Maurier atmosphere with a Barbara Vine-like psychological mystery...' - Kirkus
Sarah Maine is a master of Scottish historical fiction - Sunday Post
Maine adroitly weaves together the three strands of her novel - Sunday Times
In Women of the Dunes, her two passions - archaeology and historic fiction - merge powerfully to create the atmospheric world of Libby Snow - Sunday Post
Praise for Beyond The Wild River - :
Maine writes beautifully about the wilderness - The Times
Maine's beautifully detailed descriptions of the American hinterlands provide a stunning setting for this historical tale of intrigue and suspense - Booklist
Descriptive passages of lush, beautiful landscapes frame Maine's riveting portrait of a thoughtful young woman who yearns for more than is offered by her station and her gender, and the rough-and-tumble young man who is inexorably drawn to her. - Publishers Weekly
Maine's gift of setting the mood shines in her latest novel... Fans of Kate Morton's rich-with-atmosphere novels will feel right at home.
Sarah Maine was born in England but grew up partly in Canada before returning to England for university. She studied archaeology and for many years worked in the profession but is now a freelance writer and researcher. Sarah's debut novel The House Between Tides (previously Bhalla Strand 2014) was re-published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2018. Beyond the Wild River (2017) is her second novel and Women of the Dunes will be published in 2018.