As the community comes to terms with the death of the valley's oldest resident, Alice works on her book. Abridged by Robin Brooks. Read by Steven Robertson.
In a remote valley on the west coast of Shetland, Sandy takes his first tentative steps in crofting. Winter is starting to bite as the community comes to terms with the death of the valley's oldest resident.
Read by Steven Robertson
Abridged by Robin Brooks
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie
Malachy Tallack's debut novel is a quiet yet powerful study of contemporary rural Scotland that asks what remains when a way of life vanishes. Set on the rugged west coast of Shetland, in a community only ever a few steps away from extinction, Tallack's novel tackles big questions about land, inheritance and belonging without ever losing sight of the humanity and integrity of its characters.
Malachy Tallack is the author of two non-fiction titles which fused nature writing, history and memoir; Radio 4 Book of the Week 60 DEGREES NORTH and THE UN-DISCOVERED ISLANDS. Malachy won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2014 and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2015. He is a singer-songwriter, author and journalist.