Margaret Elphinstone

Margaret Elphinstone


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in Kent, England, The United Kingdom
September 23, 1948

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Margaret Elphinstone (born 1948 in Kent, England) is a Scottish novelist.She studied at Queen's College in London and Durham University. She was until recently, Professor of Writing in the Department of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, now retired. Her academic research areas are Scottish writers and the literature of Scotland's offshore islands.

She did extensive study tours in Iceland, Greenland, Labrador and the United States. She lived for eight years in the Shetland Islands and is the mother of two children.

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The Sea Road

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Voyageurs

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The Gathering Night

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Light

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Hy Brasil

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The Incomer

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Islanders

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A Sparrow's Flight

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An Apple from a Tree

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“If I imagine my soul, as I do when I pray, it's shaped like Stapafel. No change of place or religion can alter that. I lived beneath Stapafel from the hour I was born until I was sixteen. I've never seen it since, but that doesn't matter. My soul is in the likeness of a jagged peak with a rock like a man standing on its summit, and snags of rock shaped like trolls along its spine. Screes defend it, although it's not quite inaccessible if you know the way up.”
Margaret Elphinstone

“But all through the evening every time I looked at him I'd find his blue eyes fixed on me, with that naked look one can't help recognizing, and can't help remembering either that one has a certain power and occasionally men are vulnerable to it, and sometimes one ends up hurting them. But when it's happening it all seems worth it, and in the end too: however it ends I think, as far as I can tell so far, it still stays worth it.”
Margaret Elphinstone, Hy Brasil

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