As The Women Lay Dreaming

May 13, 2022|
As The Women Lay Dreaming by Donald S Murray
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WINNER OF THE 2020 PAUL TORDAY MEMORIAL PRIZE.

A powerful, poignant and award-winning novel, set across two decades, of the UK’s worst peacetime maritime disaster since the Titanic: the 1919 Iolaire tragedy off the coast of Isle of Lewis.

'A powerful novel... A poignant exploration of love, loss and survivor's guilt.' Nick Rennison, Sunday Times

Tormod Morrison was there that terrible night. He was on board HMY Iolaire when it smashed into rocks and sank, killing some 200 servicemen on the very last leg of their long journey home from war. For Tormod – a man unlike others, with artistry in his fingertips – the disaster would mark him indelibly.

Two decades later, Alasdair and Rachel are sent to the windswept Isle of Lewis to live with Tormod in his traditional blackhouse home, a world away from the Glasgow of their earliest years. Their grandfather is kind, compassionate, but still deeply affected by the remarkable true story of the Iolaire shipwreck – by the selfless heroism and desperate tragedy he witnessed. A deeply moving novel about passion constrained, coping with loss and a changing world, As the Women Lay Dreaming explores how a single event can so dramatically impact communities, individuals and, indeed, our very souls.

Donald S Murray is a writer and poet whose work has been awarded The Society of Authors' Paul Torday Memorial Prize and The Callum Macdonald Memorial Award at Scotland's National Book Awards. His acclaimed books bring to life the culture and nature of the Scottish Islands, and he appears regularly on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland.
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Title:As The Women Lay Dreaming
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:288 pages, 7.8 X 6.31 X 0.76 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 7.8 X 6.31 X 0.76 in
Published:May 13, 2022
Publisher:Saraband Ltd.
Language:English
ISBN - 13:9781913393489

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