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Eric linklater

Eric Linklater

Eric Linklater (1899–1974) wrote scores of novels for adults and children. He was also a journalist in India, commander of a wartime fortress in the Orkney Islands, and rector of Aberdeen University.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Fiction
White Maa’s Saga (1929)
Poet’s Pub (1929)
The Men of Ness (1932)
The Crusader’s Key (1933)
The Impregnable Women (1938)
Judas (1939)
A Spell for Old Bones (1949)
The Dark of Summer (1956)
A Sociable Plover and other Stories and Conceits (1957)
A Man Over Forty (1963)
A Terrible Freedom (1966)
The Wind on the Moon (1944)
The Pirates in the Deep Green Sea (1949)

Drama
The Devil’s in the News (1929)

Non-Fiction
Juan in America (1931)
Magnus Merriman (1934)
Ben Jonson and King James: Biography and Portrait (1931)
Ripeness is All (1935)
The Man on My Back (1941)
Private Angelo (1946)
Laxdale Hall (1951)
Figures in a Landscape (1952)
A Year of Space (1953)
The Merry Muse (1959)
The Survival of Scotland (1968)
The Campaign in Italy
The Highland Division
The Northern Garrisons (1941)

 

 

 

 

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Eric Linklater
 

THE WIND ON THE MOON

 

‘I have often wondered what I would be when I grow up, but never, never, never did I expect to be a Kangaroo!’

When the wind on the moon blew straight into Dinah and Dorinda’s hearts it meant that they couldn’t help but behave badly for a whole year. Transformed into kangaroos,they terrorise the sleepy town of Midmeddlecum with glee. But what they didn’t count on was being locked in a zoo. Things get even stickier for the mischievous sisters when they learn their father has been imprisoned in a dungeon by Count Hulagu Bloot, the tyrant of Bombardy. Their poor father! Can they rescue him in time?

 

Publication: VINTAGE CHILDREN’S CLASSICS, 1st August 2013

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POET’S PUB

 

Poet’s Pub is the classic comic novel by Eric Linklater, set in an English pub. When an Oxford poet named Saturday Keith assumes control of the Pelican Pub, what he desires most is the peace and freedom to craft his poems without being disturbed. To his dismay, however, the local watering hole soon becomes an attraction for various eccentric characters ranging from uncouth rogues to members of academia. Comprised of an entertaining series of vignettes that occur at the Pelican Pub in the fictional Downish, Poet’s Pub is a humourous collection of stories by award-winner Eric Linklater. Includes a new introduction by Nancy Pearl.

 

Published: PENGUIN CLASSICS, 1st November 2012

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A SPELL FOR OLD BONES

 

“When the giants fell, old bones revived” – there is the rubric for Eric Linklater’s new story. There may be no historical foundation for his tale of a fantastic war, in the First century A.D., between the giant Furbister and the abominable Od McGammon, his neighbour in the south-west of Scotland; but their quarrel – which provides a background to the engaging love-story of the willful poet Albyn and the delightful Princess Liss – has a real enough interest and no small significance in our equally strange world of today. Would love cure all our troubles? Love indeed has a power that is almost infinite. But man (especially if he is a willful poet) has the habit of dissatisfaction, an eye that looks critically at love itself. And here, in this tale of some very modern primitives, love makes the running but fails to win the race. A new departure for Linklater? Well, he often makes new departures, and here, though he is serious at bottom, his seriousness is nicely garnished with wit, and sometimes at the mercy of humour. The fascination of the story carries its outlandishness as lightly as a feather.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 1st December 2011

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THE PIRATES IN THE DEEP GREEN SEA

 

The Pirates in the Deep Green Sea, written for children, is a fantasy, in which Davy Jones and all the drowned pirates under the sea are discovered guarding the great knots that tie latitudes and longitudes together to keep the world from splitting.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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THE DARK OF SUMMER

 

In the early years of the Second World War an army officer is sent to the Faroe Islands to investigate rumours of a collaboration with the Nazi regime in Norway. What he finds changes lives, not least his own.No one who reads this book will forget the frozen corpse tied to a chair in an icehouse guarded by two drunken seamen, or the raging storm which batters their, ship as they carry the body to Shetland.That’s just the beginning. As the tale takes grip, the reader becomes haunted, just as the characters are haunted by a sense of guilt and betrayal.One of the finest of Linklater’s later, deeper, darker novels, The Dark of Summer combines national and family histories as it sets out to understand the past, redeem the corrosion of memory and find meaning in a world of divided loyalties.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 1st December 2012

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THE IMPREGNABLE WOMAN

 

The Next Great War begins, and soon all Europe is involved. The war lasts a year – and then the women, robbed of husbands and sweethearts and sons, grow doubtful of the benefits of military policy, and begin to think that victory will come too late to do them any good.But what can they do? A remedy was discovered by Aristophanes about 2350 years ago. It is re-discovered and re-applied. And it is again successful.This is an Aristophanic comedy, and takes some Aristophanic liberties. It is satirical when the author pleases and when he cares to be serious he is very serious indeed. There is no monotony. The story shifts from realism to wild burlesque; from earnest appeal to uproarious extravagance.The final scenes are in Edinburgh. Aristophanes made his insurgent women seize the Acropolis – here they take possession of Edinburgh Castle, as tall an eminence, and hold it against the infuriated men. The fight for the Castle is the culminating incident in a vigorous and many-sided novel.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 29th September 2011

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THE GOOSE GIRL AND OTHER STORIES

 

Eric Linklater was one of the most respected and prolific Scottish writers of this century, yet more than twenty-five years have passed since his last collection of short stories was published. This selection covers Linklater’s entire writing life. The settings are as various as the places where he lived – Orkney, India, California, Edinburgh and the Highlands – the events that take place, both fantastic and sensual in their depiction. A strong seam of Scottish history and culture runs through much of Linklater’s work. The short stories include classics of the form, such as The Goose Girl and Kind Kitty, and wild variations on fairy stories, medieval myths, bawdy folk­tales, Viking sagas and 1920s crime reports. They derive from the magic of the world – love, beauty, ambition, drink and language. Their exuberant invention and comic verve provide glorious evidence for George Mackay Brown’s assertion that ‘Linklater is one of Scotland’s best story-tellers ever’.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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A MAN OVER FORTY

 

Eric Linklater’s command of language and situation, and his gifts for humour and storytelling have seldom been better displayed than in A Man Over Forty.Edward Balintore is the archetypal television personality: big, loud, and assertive, given to reactionary sentiments and fits of explosive anger. In a ‘depth’ interview before the cameras he is driven to admitting a fear ‘of being found out’ and collapses with what the doctors call overstrain and nervous tension. Accompanied by his Watson or Sancho Panza, Guy Palladis, an elegant, detached and well-connected young man, he sets out on a long and varied quest for peace and an earthly paradise. Jamaica, Ireland, Greece, all are sampled in turn and nearly accepted; but in each some dissonant element from Balintore’s past turns up and sends him on. The Furies (If it is indeed they who are pursuing him), finally catch up with him in the Aegean in sight of Mount Athos – appropriately enough, for a man with a soul to save or sell. This is a novel of great satirical and imaginative scope – a picture of red-blooded Dionysiac man bent on defying ‘the solemn ones’ who plague him.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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JUAN IN CHINA

 

The earlier adventures of Juan Mosely – a lineal descendant of Byron’s Don Juan – are recorded in Juan in America. From America he goes on an amorous adventure to China where he becomes involved in politics and welfare and deals with them in his own practical and fantastic way.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 21st January 2013

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A TERRIBLE FREEDOM

 

Eric Linklater’s brilliant new novel tells the story of a double existence. Evan Gaffikin, sixtyish, grumpy and bored with his dull commercial success, discovers and develops his power to dream: to dream in such depth and in such glowing reality that he is able to escape his extraordinary existence. We learn of his double life as scenes from Gaffikin’s real life alternate with his surrealistic, vivid, and often hilariously bawdy forays into the world of unreality. As his dream-world and its remarkable characters, gradually get the upper hand, the tension of the novel rises and the climactic sequence – in a yacht off the Hebrides – is mysterious and exciting. A Terrible Freedom could, perhaps, be described as an idiosyncratic venture into the realm of science fiction; but it may be preferable to see it as a conventional novel built with classical composure of unconventional material. Either way it is a tour de force of imagination and narrative skills.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 1st December 2011

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