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Standing On the Giant's Grave

(2011)
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A gripping tale of abandonment and betrayal, but above all hope and determination. The story fictionalises the life of Ellen Weeton, drawing from the real-life letters that she wrote and meticulously transcribed. Her childhood starts off humble, but as she goes through life, her circumstances go from bad to worse. Neglected by her brother and abandoned and tormented by her husband, Ellen finds herself, continually alone and left utterly dependent upon herself. Her only hope in life is to be reunited with her young daughter, Mary, who is cruelly denied to her and it is this hope that drives her ever onwards, and to the very edge of madness.
In a time in history when women have no legal rights and face daily social constrictions, Ellen manages to see through the pain and suffering that has befallen her, with a grace that merits her a heroine status. The prose is exquisite. It is written in a modern style and is easily accessible to all who love a clean and simple tale, written with exemplary flair.
It is a dark and melancholy tale with a deep-seated hope and self-reliance at its heart that can never be quashed. This work is mesmerising. Working from her letters alone, Duthie had expertly managed to overlook her one-sided accounts and turned her life into a biographical fiction, creating a world of her inner emotions and dreams.

 
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Paperback Editions

September 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Standing on the Giant's Grave
Author(s): Paul Duthie
ISBN: 1-84771-355-6 / 978-1-84771-355-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Y Lolfa
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

August 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Standing on the Giant's Grave
Author(s): Paul Duthie
Publisher: Y Lolfa
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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