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The Wilderness

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27th April 2023

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781472229908

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Once it was a family home. Now they are all at sea…

When Anna and David receive a phone call late one evening, their lives are upturned. Within minutes, they are travelling to the west coast of Scotland, preparing to care for two young sisters, tragically and suddenly orphaned.

It’s a beautiful place, the heather is in bloom, the birds wheel above the waves, the deer graze peacefully in the distance. But the large granite house is no longer a home for the girls, and Anna knows she can never take the place of their mother. Then David invites his friend to stay, to ‘ease them through’ and Anna finds herself increasingly isolated, with everything she – and the girls – once knew of life discarded and overruled by a man of whom she is deeply suspicious.


Daily Mail
With characters that are sharply observed with a beady eye for detail, this is a haunting study of family, grief, and loss
Cathy Rentzenbrink
This slender novel puts a fragile family under the spotlight with great effect
Joanna Cannon
Exquisitely written, with a beautiful balance between darkness and humour
A clever exploration of family and grief
Goodreads reviewer
'Beautifully written and well-paced - a real page-turner which I read in two sittings . . . I can still picture every corner of the island as though I was there - a place of unease, mystery and wild beauty'
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Praise for The Wilderness:
Araminta Hall
'Evocative, stunning and so beautifully written, the landscape of the wilderness smothers Anna as effectively as her marriage has always done. A powerful book about how the needs of men often consume the women and girls around them. I absolutely loved it'
Eve Chase
'Darkly beautiful and exquisitely written, I loved this haunting story'
Netgalley review
A slender, intense book that explores grief and love, but with such a sharp attention to detail that I found it very difficult to put down
Netgalley review
A clever exploration of family and grief. Not only is this a very well-written book with wonderfully-interesting characters, but the suspense builds at just the right pace as the story unfolds
Emma Stonex
'Swept away in the depth and darkness of her storytelling, the beauty of the landscape and these fragile, damaged relationships'
'Pungently atmospheric . . . beautiful descriptions'
Daily Mail
'Almost indecently readable . . . Duguid keeps the tension almost at boiling point'
Peterborough Telegraph
'Insightful, moving, and with a gloriously described location where nature rules'
Carole Hailey
A wonderful, intense, evocative experience'