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Island

by Alistair Macleod

This book is beautiful, with the author able to bring the characters and scenes to life within a few pages. Deep, meaningful and with such amazing clarity you feel that you know all of the characters intimately. All the stories are centred on a lonely Canadian island with a strong Scottish Gaelic tradition.

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Through the window and out on the white plane of the snow, the silent, laughing children now appear. They move in their muffled clothes like mummers on the whitest of stages. They dance and gesture noiselessly, flopping their arms in parodies of heavy, happy, earthbound birds. They have been warned by the eldest to be aware of the sleeping neighbours so they cavort only in pantomime, sometimes raising mittened hands to their mouths to supress their joyous laughter. They dance and prance in the moonlight, tossing snow in one another's direction, tracing out various shapes and initials, forming lines which snake across the previously unmarked whiteness.

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Murder in the Dark by Margaret Atwood
 

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