Thursday, 5 November 2015

Reading for Pleasure - November 2015 - short story

Clay by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

(Available in  Speak of the Mearns and Smeddum and other places)

This is a short story – a very short story – but so perfect and beautiful I have to tell people about it. I first read it a few years ago; read it again this week.

Gibbon (1901-35) was a Scot, but lived his last years in Welling Garden City. Almost unknown in England. This story is a good introduction to his style and subject matter. Read it and there’s a good chance you’ll want to read Sunset Song recently voted the greatest Scottish novel ever.

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