Narrative Revisited, in a Scottish
Firefallmedia to release in the U.S. and U.K. simultaneously in March, Largie Castle, a rifled nest, a non-fiction tour de force, in which author Mary Gladstone confronts the past.
New York & London (PRWEB) February 11, 2017 -- 75 years ago in the middle of WW2, Angus Macdonald, the future Laird of Lee Castle drowned, after his transport was torpedoed by the Japanese. All the British witnesses but one also died, some cannibalized by the other few survivors. Angus's death caused a generation of silence.
Now, Mary C. Gladstone, his niece, has revisited his life, from his birth at Largie Castle, the family home on ancestral land, to his death in the Pacific, and finds that he died twice, once in fact, and again in the press, slandered by a jackal.
Born in a castle, sharing rooms with the pagan Broonie & the Archbishop, and, though a second son, destined to inherit an ancient Scottish name & a large property, influenced by his Crabbe and Lockhart ancestors, trained to be an effective agent of Empire through his classical, sporting education, which included Oxford University, where he rowed, flew and became a student of history, Angus Macdonald looked forward to a bright future. He joined the Argylls and embarked on a military career that put him on the front line in Malaya, in WW2, as Chief of Staff to various Commanders, where he lived in tents, out-ran tanks in his baby Fiat, and escaped, only to die at sea in uncertain circumstances. After 15 yearsof research, his niece Mary Gladstone has recreated his life to find out why her uncle’s death so deeply affected her family. With scant evidence due to Angus’s restraint & love of solitude, Mary succeeds in this tour de force, of giving her uncle a living place in the British narrative. Indeed, by recreating her uncle’s life, Mary Gladstone confronts the controversy surrounding his death. Her quest though is like that of her Lockhart ancestor who rode to the crusades with the heart of King Robert the Bruce. In the years after WW2, Largie castle, roofless through neglect, was reduced to a rubble of stones & with it the author’s own sense of self & family. Gaining full understanding, she ends with an inspired disquisition on the British Empire, that nicely defines its evolving and layered character.
Short story writer, poet, playwright & literary critic, Mary Gladstone taught for many years at the University of Edinburgh. She also found time to write & broadcast on Scottish literature & the arts for the National press & BBC radio. She recently returned to Galloway where she grew up, to live by the sea in Scotland’s most southerly village where, on a clear day, she can see the coastlines of England, Ireland & the Isle of Man.
The book also introduces Firefallmedia and its many publications, past and present, to the U.K. A division is being established near Southerness, Scotland.
Largie Castle is the first book in a new Firefall Originals series: The Highland Sea-tm.
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