Love and Music Will Endure: A novel based on the life of Màiri Mhòr nan Òran


by Liz MacRae Shaw

‘To call this a historical novel, despite its being rooted in history, would be to place it in a straitjacket: like its central character, it overflows with spirit, and carries the reader along on its compelling tide of narrative. This is a book rich in detail, beautifully observed, itself poetic, which allows us to meet a great (in more ways than one) woman, the people, grand and small, whom she influenced and those who, for good or ill, shaped her life’ – Aonghas MacNeacail 

Paperback: 286 pages

Publisher: The Islands Book Trust, 2013

Language: English

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Màiri Mhòr, poet and political campaigner was born into a crofting family in nineteenth century Skye. 

Her powerful voice was unleashed only in middle age, when she was falsely accused of theft. She poured her rage and despair into songs about the plight of her fellow Highlanders who were being driven from their homes. Through force of character, she overcame the barriers of background, class and gender to become their champion and inspiration. Finally, she had to face up to the failures of her campaign for crofter’s rights and the disillusionment of the returning exile. 

So, her life reflected the truth of the Gaelic proverb, which translates as ‘when the world comes to an end, only love and music will endure’. 

Liz MacRae Shaw lives on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, and finds inspiration for her historical fiction from Highland culture, family history and the stark but beautiful landscape of the island.

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Dimensions 12.8 × 2.3 × 19.7 cm

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