Nominated by:

M. Rudomino State Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow, Russia

Publisher of nominated edition:

Two Roads Books, UK

The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

Kirsty Wark    

2016 Longlist

The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle is a multi-generational story of love and belonging set on the Scottish island of Arran.

Elizabeth Pringle lived all her long life on the Scottish island of Arran. But did anyone really know her? In her will she leaves her beloved house, Holmlea, to a stranger – a young mother she’d seen pushing a pram down the road over thirty years ago. It now falls to Martha, once the baby in that pram, to answer the question: why?

A captivating story of the richness behind so-called ordinary lives and the secrets and threads that hold women together.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Kirsty Wark is a journalist, broadcaster and writer who hosts a variety of BBC programmes including Newsnight and The Review Show, as well as many Arts documentaries and interviews. Her home has always been Scotland although she has spent much of her working life commuting to London. Her family’s connection to Arran and her affinity with the island go back a long way. The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle, her debut novel, was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. At present she is working on her second novel.

Librarian’s Comments

The novel is a fascinating hymn to the beauty of soil and sea, and manifold ties linking human beings to these elements. The book of impressive warmth and insight is marked by the striking precision and expressive force of its narrative manner and style which make some slight drawbacks of the plot unimportant.

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