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Posted on 29th May, 2020 in For Readers, Of Stone and Sky

Of Stone and Sky Reviews & Features

To see what others have said about Of Stone and Sky, follow the links below. If you’ve read it, please do add your own review on AmazonGoodreads or other retailer sites. If you would like to feature the book in your publication, site or broadcast, please contact Polygon Books for a review copy.


Book of the Year 2021 – Bookmark Festival Article in The Herald

Longlisted for the Highland Book Prize 2021


05 May 2023 “There is a very strong spiritual strain running through the book… giving it a powerful redemptive theme.” Rev Prof Ian Bradley in The Church Times

19 Feb 2022 “Unfolds impressively and with a sweeping scope, dispelling romantic notions of the Highlands to acknowledge its material realities, and doing it through diverse, well-developed characters, before capping it with a satisfying ending.”   The Herald

05 Aug 2021 “It’s honestly one of the best books I’ve read, outstanding Scottish literary fiction and a real contender for my book of the year.” Joanne Baird of the Portobello Book Blog

06 June 2021 “It’s immensely readable – and overflowing with grace.” John Dempster for the Inverness Courier (& other Highland News Group papers)

15 May 2021 “I adored the writing: it’s a gorgeous, poetic story full of big themes: love, grief, ecology, politics, history and community… One of my favourite books ever.” Sarah for ScotLitDaily

May 2021 “With the most wonderful blend of stark plot lines mixed with richly descriptive detailing, this is a beautifully readable novel.” Liz Robinson for LoveReading website

Spring 2021 “Ranks with the finest of nature writing.” Neil Reid for Scottish Mountaineer magazine

3 May 2021 “A book which explores love, both the love of people for one another – brothers, youngsters, couples – and love of the place in which they live.” Vee Walker on her blog

21 April 2021 “Of Stone And Sky is a rich stew of a novel, one with a Victorian complexity of plot, a family saga which is also a socio-economic survey of Highlands history over almost 300 years… A considerable achievement.” Alan Massie for The Scotsman newspaper


05 May 2023 The Church Times podcast interview with Rev Prof Ian Bradley

22 April 2022 On Northern Bibliosphere podcast: Land, Communities & Identities

June 2021  My article on Society of Authors in Scotland blog: On the Trail of the Lost Shepherd

26 June 2021 Best Summer Reads – Susan Swarbrick for Herald Scotland

May 2021 Feature by Dawn Geddes in The Scots Magazine

22 May 2021 Interview with Nora McElhone for Dundee Courier

May 2021 Conversation on John Burns Podcast

2 May 2021 Article by me for the Sunday Post about my relationship with the Cairngorms

23 Feb 2021 Feature on Nan Shepherd in Dundee Courier by Gayle Ritchie including section on me