The Warlock of Strathearn - Christopher WhyteLondon: Victor Gollancz, 1997, Paperback.
Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers with a crease to the joint of the upper wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned.
First in this, paperback, edition.
From the cover: “A obscure manuscript, procured in unusual circumstances, provides an engaging project for retired schoolmaster Archibald MacCaspin. Cranky in person and pedantic in his own prose, Archibald reveals a very different voice as he decodes the narrative… In the 1640s, in a Perthshire valley, a servant girl is delivered of a child with astonishing powers. He can talk to animals, inflict sores, heal illnesses and see the dead. His story moves to Edinburgh and as far afield as the forests of Southern Bohemia, before bringing him back to the rowan wood at Culteuchar. The relentless struggle with his grandmother and her malevolent spirit is only resolved in a final confrontation as vivid and violent as any horror movie. But the Warlock’s greatest feat is reserved for the woman he loves and loses, who meets her death with dignity on the scaffold.”