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Alex Nye
Floris Books
0863155464
Mar 2006
The bleak and barren backdrop to Alex Nye�s adept debut novel resonates with emotional intensity, with belief and fervour locked and located so firmly within its landscape that it becomes difficult not to draw favourable comparison with Emily Bronte�s �Wuthering Heights�.

Forced into Sheriffmuir with a change of home and lifestyle driven by his mother, a professional sculptor, who needs a studio workshop, Samuel is forced into union with his neighbours, the Mortons. Samuel is viewed as a threat by the Morton brother�s Charles and Sebastian, though he quickly forges a friendship with their sister Fiona, perhaps in itself a cause for antagonism between the boys.

Heavy snowfall isolates the children and their family from the rest of the community and from school, creating an atmosphere that is taught, tense and highly insular. Threads of the past in the form of ancient diary extracts, memories surrounding the tragic demise of the Morton children�s father and a dagger vested upon them form integral parts in this story which sees a coming to terms with the history of slaughter and betrayal which underpin the locality. This is a poignant novel focused around �ghosts� of the past (made literal here) and their being laid to rest�



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