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Elisabeth Gifford I read a good book! It never fails to refresh my excitement about the possibilities on the page and inspires me to keep writing. Or sometimes, if the …moreI read a good book! It never fails to refresh my excitement about the possibilities on the page and inspires me to keep writing. Or sometimes, if the book is less compelling, makes me understand why some things don't work so well on the page. Since every writer is unique, you always learn something new. A book that you really enjoy never fails to inspire you.(less)
Elisabeth Gifford It must be discovering new worlds because writing allows you to travel in time and space. I've loved researching Scots and British history and their d…moreIt must be discovering new worlds because writing allows you to travel in time and space. I've loved researching Scots and British history and their different regions - and especially discovering about the beautiful Selkie or seal people myths. Writing a book is an adventure because you never know quite where it will take you. In Return to Fourwinds I visited Madrid, a really beautiful city, and was able to find out for the first time something about the brave smuggling ring that a relative was part of to save many lives in WW2.(less)
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Are there mermaids and seal people descendants living in the US today?

How legends sometimes hold lost history.

When I first heard the legend of the seal people I was struck by how sad it was. Selkies are seals in the water but become human on land. If someone steals their sealskin they can never go home to the sea again. I was amazed to find out from Gaelic historian John MacAulay that behind this legend lay very real people: kayakers in sealskin canoes and jackets w Read more of this blog post »
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The Lost Lights of St Kilda by Elisabeth Gifford
"In 1927 two young undergraduates from Cambridge spend the summer working on St Kilda, one is Fred Lawson and the other is his friend, and the laird’s son, Archie Macleod. During his time there Fred falls in love not only with the island, but with Chr" Read more of this review »
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"The first thing that grabs you about this novel is the powerful, astonishingly vivid sense of place. I’ve never been to St Kilda but I know the Outer Hebrides well enough to feel the utter accuracy with which Elisabeth Gifford has captured the island" Read more of this review »
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"I read this book in two sittings, unable to put it down. The magic of Elisabeth Gifford's writing is that she manages to make such a human tale of hope and love out of such a desperate, harrowing time. The characters live and breathe, and draw you in" Read more of this review »
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“How strange it was to...watch her walk round the table and the chairs by the fire, pick up my shells from the shore along the mantelpiece, and smile at everything and examine it as if she were reading the story of my life in the intervening years. She ran her hand along the book spines on the shelves, stopping to greet an old friend as she took it down to read a little.”
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“I stayed with Annie through that week, helping to dig out some of the moor peat into banks to let the soil drain, going down to the foreshore where the bay is ringed with rocks covered in brown seaweed like heads covered in long hair; the great heads of old gods about to rise up from under the water, it felt to me, as I filled my creel, the water lap, lapping against the rocks, the oyster catchers piping their sad and lonely notes. Then we must climb the hill with baskets of weed to turn the soil less sour. It was a marvel to see how those that had long lived there had crofted a farmland from barrenness, and heartbreaking to see how small the plots.”
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“I still hadn’t understood; how there’s a certain smell to a dispossessed soul, acrid, bitter as smoke, the irrefutable odour of an angry refugee, banging on the doors of strangers,”
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Steven Godin Thank you for the friend request, I am sorry to say I haven't heard of your book, but do like the sound of it.

Kind Regards.


Elisabeth Gifford Lucinda wrote: "Dear Elisabeth,
Thank you so much for acepting my friendship request. I am delighted to have won through a first-read giveaway a copy of your novel "Secrets of the sea house".
I have just moved ho..."


Many thanks for the message Hope the move went well Lucinda.


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L Dear Elisabeth,
Thank you so much for acepting my friendship request. I am delighted to have won through a first-read giveaway a copy of your novel "Secrets of the sea house".
I have just moved house and so i am not online for these 2 weeks, but once i do have internet connection again i shall look forward to reviewing your book on Goodreads.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


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