The House on the Chine: Robert Louis Stevenson at Skerryvore by Sian MackayThe House on the Chine: Robert Louis Stevenson at Skerryvore by Sian Mackay

The House on the Chine: Robert Louis Stevenson at Skerryvore

bySian Mackay

Paperback | August 18, 2014

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It is 1885, a tempestuous - and pivotal - year in Robert Louis Stevenson's writing life. At 'Skerryvore', a Bournemouth villa perched at the edge of a chalky ravine, his wife, Fanny, sets about making 'labyrinthine paths', while Stevenson struggles to reconcile illness, entrapment, marital discord and lack of funds with his drive to write.

The House on the Chine goes behind the façade of Skerryvore to discover what prompts the 'doomed and dazzling' Scottish author to abandon Kidnapped, the 'boys' adventure' he's working on, and create, before the year is out, his chilling psychological thriller Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?

'It is a terrific read, full of haunting images and beautifully paced.'
Elspeth Barker

'Stevenson has surely never been rendered so vividly: Sian Mackay blends a biographer's quest for historical truth with a novelist's insight and imagination to create a work of striking originality. She lures her readers not only into the hearts and minds of Stevenson, his wife and household, but also into his drawing room, kitchen, study and bedroom, through which family intrigue and famous friends and acquaintances flow, including the Americans, Henry James and John Singer Sargent. The result is memorable: a literary portrait of rare intimacy.'
Jim Crumley, author of The Last Wolf in Scotland
Sian Mackay was raised in Edinburgh, 'City of Literature', in the same district of Canonmills where Robert Louis Stevenson had been born a century earlier. After her marriage to an American who was assisting Palestinian refugees living in Cairo and the Nile delta, she lived in Egypt and the USA for six years before returning to Edinbu...
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Title:The House on the Chine: Robert Louis Stevenson at SkerryvoreFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:298 pages, 7.81 × 5.06 × 0.62 inShipping dimensions:7.81 × 5.06 × 0.62 inPublished:August 18, 2014Publisher:Thistle PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1910198463

ISBN - 13:9781910198469

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It is 1885, a tempestuous - and pivotal - year in Robert Louis Stevenson's writing life. At 'Skerryvore', a Bournemouth villa perched at the edge of a chalky ravine, his wife, Fanny, sets about making 'labyrinthine paths', while Stevenson struggles to reconcile illness, entrapment, marital discord and lack of funds with his drive to write.The House on the Chine goes behind the façade of Skerryvore to discover what prompts the 'doomed and dazzling' Scottish author to abandon Kidnapped, the 'boys' adventure' he's working on, and create, before the year is out, his chilling psychological thriller Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?'It is a terrific read, full of haunting images and beautifully paced.' Elspeth Barker'Stevenson has surely never been rendered so vividly: Sian Mackay blends a biographer's quest for historical truth with a novelist's insight and imagination to create a work of striking originality. She lures her readers not only into the hearts and minds of Stevenson, his wife and household, but also into his drawing room, kitchen, study and bedroom, through which family intrigue and famous friends and acquaintances flow, including the Americans, Henry James and John Singer Sargent. The result is memorable: a literary portrait of rare intimacy.'Jim Crumley, author of The Last Wolf in Scotland