The Hill of the Red Fox
by Allan Campbell McLean
‘A magnificent adventure story. It recalls Stevenson and Buchan … the reader should be swept away by the swift narrative, the splendid vision and the magical atmosphere of Skye which pervades the story’ – Times Literary Supplement
‘Allan Campbell McLean’s classic thriller is as exciting today as it was fifty years ago’ – The Scotsman
It is the time of the Cold War. Soviet spies are feared, and secrets are traded. People disappear. Thirteen-year-old Alasdair, living in London, knows nothing of this world. He can’t wait to start his long summer holiday on the Isle of Skye, away from his mother and aunt. But things don’t go quite as planned. On the journey, a stranger gives him a mysterious note before jumping from the train. Worse still, he instantly mistrusts sinister Murdo Beaton, with whom he’s staying. Gradually adjusting to crofting life, Alasdair is not prepared for the web of danger and espionage that unfolds around him. Can he trust anyone?
Suitable for ages 9+.
Allan Campbell McLean (1922-1989) was a master of Scottish children’s writing. He had a deep love of the Highlands — he lived in a croft house on Skye with his wife and children for 17 years — and had a better ear for West Highland dialogue than perhaps any other author. His other books include The Master of Morgana, Storm Over Skye, A Sound of Trumpets and The Year of the Stranger.
Paperback: 323 pages
Publisher: Kelpies, an imprint of Floris Books, 2006 (new edit. 2015)
Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.6 x 19.9 cm