Scottish Historical Fiction: Witch Wood, The New Road, The by John Buchan, Neil Munro, S. R. Crockett

By John Buchan, Neil Munro, S. R. Crockett

A Scottish misplaced treasures number of vintage Scottish old novels, each one supplying a wonderfully plotted and descriptive narrative set opposed to many of the bloodiest sessions in Scotland's previous. Bundled by way of material, the books supplement one another to create a compelling trilogy. "Palimpsest's eClassics sequence, Scottish misplaced Treasures, indicates us how a lot poorer Britain's cultural background will be with out Scottish writers ... the simplest instance I've obvious of ways curation and presentation can deliver previous books to new audiences" - The Observer "This moves me as a wonderful enterprise, and one i am hoping will extend further" - Professor Willy Maley, collage of Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday

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When he had first ridden up, her eyes had shown only crescents of white, but now the lids pulled farther back and he knew that she was seeing him. The cat-shaped head hung over on her shoulder, twisting the cords of her neck up and out. He could see the big artery bumping slowly there. Her eyes moved, narrowing a little, at their sideways angle. She saw him, but was indifferent to what she saw. The doctor’s tongue passed across his upper lip, once, twice, stiff as a file. He turned in the saddle and looked back into the long allée down which he had come.

It is arranged,” she finally said, turning back to the doctor, who now noticed that her eyes seemed a little bloodshot. “My husband…” Her head swung away as her voice trailed off. She looked out across the compound toward the pole. “Je vous remercie,” Doctor Hébert said. There seemed no place to leave the glass; he stooped and set it on the floor. The horse shook its head as he approached. He took the reins and led it around the back of the grand’case and wandered among the outbuildings until he discovered the stable.

It was markedly cooler outside by this time. Though there was no moon, the sky was clear and so long as he kept away from the torchlight the stars were extraordinarily bright. At the foot of the pole, Arnaud stopped and took the torch from the slave and raised it. From a few feet back, Doctor Hébert saw the woman’s body illuminated as high as her rib cage. There was no evidence of breathing. “Well, it is finished,” Arnaud said. ” With a reluctant sluggishness the two blacks took up the mattocks and began digging at the base of the pole, which the doctor now saw was supported by a packing of rocks and earth.

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