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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  3,445 ratings  ·  693 reviews
In 'Corrag', Susan Fletcher tells us the story of an epic historic event, of the difference a single heart can make - and how deep and lasting relationships can come from the most unlikely places.

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The Highland Witch
Witch Light
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Fourth Estate (GB) (first published March 4th 2010)
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Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“We are the Magick--we are. The truest magick in this world is in us... It is in our movements and in what we say and feel.”

This was such a beautifully written book that is based on a real event - the Massacre of Glencoe. A massacre which took place at 5am on February 13. 1692 when thirty-eight members of the Macdonald clan were killed by soldiers who had enjoyed the clan's hospitality for the previous ten days. Throughout reading this book, I found myself highlighting huge sections. The wri
Haunting and beautiful, Corrag drew me in and transported me to the Scottish Highlands of the seventeenth century. Alternately titled The Highland Witch or Witch Light, Corrag is a magical story about opening your heart to the beauty of your surroundings. It is about learning to truly understand the people we encounter in our lives. Susan Fletcher tells this story with gorgeous, poetical and vivid prose.

“What townsfolk say we do and what we truly do are very different things. I have cast no spe
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Corrag is in a dark cell with shackles on her wrists, chained to the wall. It is winter, but as soon as the Spring thaw arrives, she will be burned at the stake as a witch.

Reverend Charles Leslie, adopting his wife’s maiden name for a disguise, arrives in the town to find out information about the Glencoe massacre of the MacDonald clan in Scotland. He is hoping to utilize this information to help restore James Stuart to the throne. He has heard of the witch in her cell and that she knew what had
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2017
It took me a little while to warm up to this book, but when I got into it, I was all in! It took my breath away - a remarkable work of historical fiction that reminded me very much of Mary Stewart's Arthurian saga. Fletcher is a gifted storyteller - the characters and seventeenth century Scotland spring to life in this wonderful tale.

The story is based on a true historical event, the massacre of Glencoe in 1692, in which supporters of King William brutally murdered members of the MacDonald clan
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I’m going to use this review as a rant at generic romance fiction. The kind that has an uncritical view of romantic love, deploys a formulaic structure of expectation and reimbursement, like readily assembled furniture, and at no point is self-aware of the smoke screens it’s pedalling. Probably the best novel about romantic love of the 20th century was The Great Gatsby because it exposed the emptiness that often lies at the heart of romantic aspiration. In the 19th century Emily Bronte depicted ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dem by: Candi
Shelves: favorites
There is a stillness and beauty to Susan Fletcher's writing that will enchant the reader and take your breath away with beautiful vivid descriptions of the Scottish Highlands and a tale that will transport you to another time and place. Prepare to be bewitched

Corrag is the story of a young woman who has witnessed the horrific massacare of Glencoe on a winters dawn in 1692, where William IIIs redcoats brutally slaughtered 32 of the McDonald's Men Women and Children Clan. The reason for the mas
Doug Bradshaw
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing

A beautiful and poetic story that could be described in many ways:

1. It was historical fiction based on a true story of the slaughter of a Northern Scottish Village and almost all of its people ordered by a control hungry horrible king in the late 1600's

2. It is the conversion story of a preacher who based his world around the law, the scriptures, the biases of his people at the time. The conversion takes place while he is interviewing a witch in prison who is about to be burned for h
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I may have finished reading Corrag weeks ago, I may have read five other very different types of stories since then, but I am still in the highlands and with Corrag and Charles. Susan Fletcher immediately transported me so thoroughly to a time and place, to ways of thinking and perceiving they are, for the time being, a part of me.

Fletcher sets up the novel with alternating chapters told by Corrag, a young woman accused of witchcraft: "I wait for it - death. My own, fiery one" and by Charles, a
Alice Poon
If I hadn’t read this book, I would never have imagined that there was still persecution of witches in late 17th century Great Britain, the practice of which was only banned from 1735 with the introduction of the Witchcraft Act.

The story is a gripping one that recounts the political massacre of Glencoe in February 1692, told through an imprisoned woman who was condemned as a witch and was waiting to be burned, and who had earlier managed to save many lives in Glencoe. Her only audience was a rev
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has practically left me speechless, but I'll do my best: luminous, poetic, profound, lush, divinely crafted sentences that left me in awe, a heroine so lovely and courageous that she lingers on in my imagination. Simply the best book I've read in recent memory, and I have read some terrific books.

The novel is based on a real character and real events: the Glencoe massacre in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1600s. The novel's structure alternates between Corrag telling her story to a
Melissa Crytzer Fry
This book! All the emotions… Heartbreaking, breathtaking, hopeful… I needed this novel right now: a book with lush natural landscape descriptions and a character whose heart beats in tandem with the seasons and with abounding hope in an uncertain world. And the writing… like poetry!

I’m not afraid to admit that this book moved me so greatly that I cried. Multiple times. I cared about Corrag and Charles Leslie. When I finished, I went up to my roof deck to look at the rolling desert hills behind m
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chrissie by: Boof
In chapter 2 of Book 2: I have been tempted by Corrag for years! I finally decided to take the plunge. I like the Scottish dialect. I like the feel of the highlands and nature as it is described by simple people. I like figuring out who are on each side - there is King William of Orange and King James and the Jacobites. And where is Corrag in the middle of all this? I am listening, as usual. The Scottish dialect of the narrator (Caroline Guthrie) further enhances the atmosphere....but you have t ...more
4 stars--I really liked it. (Warning for animal death though.)

The perfect ending of this book left me with tears in my eyes. The ending is fabulous.

The format of this book is unusual: Corrag tells her story about her childhood and what she knows about the Glencoe Massacre to Charles Leslie in what amounts to a series of monologues; we hear Charles' voice through letters he writes to his wife. This worked really well in audio format. My favorite part of this book was the growing friendship betwee
This is a very special book, one which some would say I don't know where to start my review but I do , I know because Corrag is an exceptional character who has emptied her heart in the telling of this story and in doing so she has filled mine to the brim.
This is probably the most heart filling book I've ever read, Corrag will speak to your soul , if like me you love books that are atmospheric, lyrical, poetic.
I want to go back to the beginning and re read this straight away, I want to see in m
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is 1692, and a traveler to Scotland from Ireland Charles Griffith , a staunch Jacobite and supporter of the deposed and exiled Catholic James II, and opponent of his replacement the Protestant William Prince of Orange, is called to visit and question a young woman accused of witchcraft.
It is just after the brutal Glencoe massacre in which the McDonald clan is massacred by King William's redcoats, and the young woman Corrag is accused of supernaturally causing the massacre and sentenced to be
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-lit, read-2019
I have mixed feelings about this one. I have a soft spot for anything set among the Scottish mountains, and there is plenty to enjoy here, but ultimately this mixture of history and fantasy proved a little too implausible, and a little too sentimental for my taste. I was not that familiar with the story of the Massacre of Glencoe, so that side of the story was interesting, and Fletcher writes very well about the landscape and has clearly done plenty of research into herbal treatments and the his ...more
The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
Rarely does a book bewitch (pardon the pun) and mesmorise me quite so much as this one. It is truly one of the most beautiful and lyrical books I have ever read.

The story is narrated by Corrag, a 16 year old girl who is awaiting being burned at the stake for being a witch in 17th century Scotland. Corrag is visited in jail by Charles Leslie, an Irish Jacobite who wants to prove that the recent massacre in Glencoe was the work of the soldiers under William of Orange. Corrag is English and has run
Based on a historical event, the 1692 massacre at Glencoe in Scotland, Corrag is a remarkable book, emotional and poetic and stirring. The breathtaking physical world of the Scottish highlands comes into sharp focus, as we travel with Corrag, a persecuted woman who flees the lowlands where she is labeled as a witch, as were her mother and grandmother before her. She takes up living in the wilds of Glencoe, and her life becomes entwined with the McDonald clan who live there.

We all have our stori
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best novel I've read this year (2015). Absolutely powerful, beautiful and engaging.

A keeper for my shelves and a later re-read.

May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
No doubt some readers will be put off by the rather challenging style and language used by the author in this novel, Corrag. I myself have issues with some books because of it. For whatever reason, I found it easy to get into the story from the opening pages, and for my brain to adapt to the author’s prose style. The language has been cast in a somewhat antique style, with archaic words, stilted phrases and awkward sentence structures in some passages. Because I was captivated by the story I fou ...more
3.5 stars - It was really good.

Based loosely on actual events and people surrounding the Massacre of the MacDonald clan of Glencoe in 1692, this beautifully written book also explores faith, love, and those small moments in life that change us irrevocably. The Glencoe Massacre involved a government ordered killing of the MacDonald clan, including the women and children, and was sprung into action while they stayed with the MacDonalds, who were hosting them as friends.

The author uses two narrator
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Misfit by: Boof
Basic plot run down: after witnessing the events at the Massacre at Glencoe, Corrag is accused of witchcraft and imprisoned. Irish minister (and secret Jacobite) Charles Leslie comes to interview her in hopes of finding proof that King William was truly behind the massacre. The narrative is told mostly from Corrag's point of view as she recounts her life before and leading up to the events at Glencoe. This alternates with Leslie's point of view as he writes home to his wife in Ireland recounting ...more
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This book is like reading a book of poetry, the writing is so beautiful.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. I grew up knowing that I had MacDonald ancestry and that the Campbells had committed a heinous deed against us in Glencoe in 1692. The Campbells are coming Ho-Ro! Ho-Ro!

I wasn't aware of the full story until I read Witch Light (why two words when it's one in the book?), also published as Corrag.

I loved the rhythm of the narration, the insight into and love of nature, the fundamental kindness of the central character, Corrag. Called a witch and sentenced to death, she is interviewed
Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*

'There is no devil. Only the devilish ways in a man'.

Back in February, my partner took me to Scotland. For a few days in late August and early September, Susan Fletcher took me back again.

Witch Light, or Corrag, as its alternatively known, tells the story of a wild young girl living in the Scottish Highlands in 1692.

Learning everything from her Mother, Corrag heals with plants and herbs, and leads a beautiful, simple life amongst nature and the elements.

But this simplicity gets Corrag labelle

I've heard fate talked of. It's not a word I use. I think we make our own choices. I think how we live our lives is our own doing, and we cannot fully hope on dreams and stars. But dreams and stars can guide us, perhaps. And the heart's voice is a stronge one. Always is. Your heart's voice is your true voice.

¡MARAVILLOSA! Libro directo a favoritos.
Witch Light es de esas lecturas con todos los ingredientes para gustarme: Historia (está basado en un hecho real), folklore, Escocia y una protagonis
The writing in the book is wonderful. Fletcher does have a lyrical voice.


Actually, BUT

(and I never thought I would say this about a book that is 386 pages)

the book is too blasted long.

I swear, after I got about halfway in, I just wanted the Glencoe masscare to start (then I felt guilty).

Corrag is arrigned as a witch and tells her tale to an Irishman. The descriptions are lovely, but there is way too much padding in the novel. I found myself more interested about Lesile than about Corrag bec
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would hesitate to say this novel falls under the category of historical fiction (just my opinion). Yes historical figures such as King William III and the deposed King James II are mentioned. The Glencoe massacre (I am not sure if that's what the event is referred to by people from the Highlands but from what I have come to understand it was a massacre.) is described by the narrator but it's easy for the reader to forget they are reading something historical throughout the course of the noel. ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"What creatures we are. What powers are in us – in all of us. What we already know, if we choose to spend some time with ourselves. What a deep love we can feel."

Also published until the titles Corrag and The Highland Witch, Witch Light is historical fiction at its finest, with the witch element that I adore. Susan Fletcher is an amazing author and I'll definitely be reading more of her novels. The writing is a big part of what makes this story so beautiful, so haunting, so moving, so amazing. Y
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just lost my review. I shall add more later. This haunting and lyrical novel touched me on a deep level. Loneliness, brutality, warfare, bullying, kindness, prejudice, love, persecution, resiliency - all of these diverse themes were woven brilliantly into this historical story. I slowly chewed on the meaty elements of this lyrical novel. Truly memorable. Thanks, Candi for recommending it.
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Susan Fletcher is the author of Eve Green, which won the Whitbread Award for First Novel, Oystercatchers, and Corrag. She lives in the United Kingdom.

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“I've heard fate talked of. It's not a word I use. I think we make our own choices. I think how we live our lives is our own doing, and we cannot fully hope on dreams and stars. But dreams and stars can guide us, perhaps. And the heart's voice is a strong one. Always is.

Your heart's voice is your true voice. It is easy to ignore it, for sometimes it says what we'd rather it did not - and it is so hard to risk the things we have. But what life are we living, if we don't live by our hearts? Not a true one. And the person living it is not the true you.”
“Sometimes we have so much to say, we cannot say it. Sometimes it's best we do not say goodbyes.” 32 likes
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