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The Great Edge

9781907676949

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...brings together lives - ancient and modern - on the northern plateau where Scotland stops and starts, where history and myth fuel everyday reality, and where nothing is as it seems.

By George Gunn.

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When an archaeologist comes to Caithness to research an early Christian chapel, she must reckon with a crisis that is global and contemporary as well as local and ancient. Adopted by Fracher, a retired roughneck and local fisherman, Mags is spun into a galaxy of characters and events that force her to a profound understanding of the relationship between Past, Present and Future. Meanwhile, in 21st-century Atomic City, the decommissioning of a nuclear icon brings several dreams to an end.

The Great Edge is a story of science, engineering and geology; of Picts and irish monks, Norse mythology, and Celtic civilisation. Through the eyes of a Norse skald, we begin to see there is little in the 21st century that hasn't been experienced before. As we witness global warming and Arctic ice-melt, are we all waiting for the wave? In The Great Edge the wave duly arrives.

George Gunn was born in Thurso in 1956 where he still lives. He has been a deep-sea fisherman, a driller for oil in the North Sea, a journalist, playwright and poet. He was previously the writer-in-residence for Orkney Islands Council. 

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