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Upstairs in the Tent

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  3 reviews
'Kate in her house. A whitewashed stone building with a view of the sea, on the west coast of the Highlands...' Kate is the mother of Mhairi, who has, alarmingly, married without telling her, and returned home pregnant by a departed lover. After baby Patrick's birth, Mhairi does a terrible thing - but surprising rescue comes in the shape of a homeless young man on the run. ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 2002 by Headline Review
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MJ Nicholls
A fast-paced, unpatronising novel about the unfortunate realities of life, love and putting babies in the river. Kate, the middle-aged Highland mother, is the emotional centre of the novel: up to her neck in it when her daughter suffers a mental breakdown and a saggy Californian man comes to clean the bats out her belfry. Meanwhile a down-and-out lad mooches around the Highlands, suffering at the hands of vengeful hags, before stepping in as the unlikely hero towards the end. The prose is stylis ...more
Helen (Helena/Nell)
I found it hard to believe this was really a first novel. The style is assured. The pace works. The voice is confident and clear.

Oh but there's a grandmother in it and a grandbaby at risk. The theme was unavoidably close to my heart.

And it is beautifully written. It is grave, funny and compelling. I read it on a long train journey, and I was enjoying it so much, I kept having to stop and switch text because I was getting through the book too fast and I didn't want it to end.

I had only one minor
Sally Whitehead
A lovely read, set on the West Coast of the Scottish Highlands, with its heart very much set on the idea and concept of "home". With multiple narrative voices whose lives all become intertwined through the birth of Baby Patrick. The ending was actually quite beautiful and moving, but somehow the characters never really managed to fully envelope me in their lives. More use could also have been made of the landscape in terms of description and symbolism.
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