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The House by the Loch

(2019)
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A Scottish Number One Bestseller and Book of the Month.
A novel of family drama and long-hidden secrets, set in the beautiful Scottish countryside, from the bestselling author of The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle.

'Evocatively drawn' Sunday Times | 'Rich, layered and compelling, Wark's debut was impressive; with this novel she has really hit her stride' Yorkshire Post | 'A deeply satisfying work of pure imagination' Damian Barr, author of You Will Be Safe Here | 'Beautiful and atmospheric' Alistair Moffat, author of The Hidden Ways |'Rich and pleasing' Allan Massie, The Scotsman | 'Beautifully written' Daily Mail | 'One to savour' Sunday Express | 'An epic masterpiece' Philippa Perry

Scotland, 1950s
Walter MacMillan is bewitched by the clever, glamorous Jean Thompson and can't believe his luck when she agrees to marry him. Neither can she, for Walter represents a steady and loving man who can perhaps quiet the demons inside her. Yet their home on remote Loch Doon soon becomes a prison for Jean and neither a young family, nor Walter's care, can seem to save her.

Many years later, Walter is with his adult children and adored grandchildren on the shores of Loch Doon where the family has been holidaying for two generations. But the shadows of the past stretch over them and will turn all their lives upside down on one fateful weekend.

The House by the Lochis the story of a family in all its loving complexity, and the way it can, and must, remake itself endlessly in order to make peace with the past.

'Powerful and compelling' Sue Lawrence | 'Her understanding of family - its mysteries, losses and secrets - is masterful' Julie Myerson

Genre: Historical Romance

Praise for this book

"Wark's second novel brings to life Galloway - one of the most beautiful and least well-known parts of Scotland, even to many Scots. This sparsely populated but spare and beautiful landscape anchors three generations of one family struggling to come to terms with a dark secret. As with her debut, The House by the Loch draws on real historical incident and some of her own personal history while also being a deeply satisfying work of pure imagination, however real Jean and Walter and their families feel. A multi-generational story that is at once sweeping and intimate." - Damian Barr

"I've been enthralled by the wonderful and atmospheric world Kirsty Wark has created - really powerful and compelling." - Sue Lawrence

"It took me back to the books I adored when I was young - the sheer pleasure of immersing yourself in a single family, past and present, their lives in thrall to the sweep and power of the landscape. You need curiosity and generosity to write like this and Wark has so much of both. Her understanding of family - its mysteries, losses and secrets, and especially the fraught tenderness between mothers and daughters - is masterful." - Julie Myerson


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Hardback Editions

June 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The House by the Loch: 'a deeply satisfying work of pure imagination' - Damian Barr
Author(s): Kirsty Wark
ISBN: 1-4447-7764-5 / 978-1-4447-7764-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
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Paperback Editions

January 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House by the Loch: 'a deeply satisfying work of pure imagination' - Damian Barr
Author(s): Kirsty Wark
ISBN: 1-4447-7766-1 / 978-1-4447-7766-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House by the Loch: 'a deeply satisfying work of pure imagination' - Damian Barr
Author(s): Kirsty Wark
ISBN: 1-5293-0942-5 / 978-1-5293-0942-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
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Audio Editions

March 2020 : UK Audio CD

Title: The House By The Loch
Author(s): Kirsty Wark
ISBN: 1-78771-887-5 / 978-1-78771-887-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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March 2020 : UK Audio CD

Title: The House By The Loch
Author(s): Kirsty Wark
ISBN: 1-78771-916-2 / 978-1-78771-916-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The House by the Loch
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June 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The House by the Loch
Author(s): Kirsty Wark
Publisher: Two Roads
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June 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The House by the Loch
Author(s): Kirsty Wark
Publisher: Two Roads
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Kindle Editions

June 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The House by the Loch: 'a deeply satisfying work of pure imagination' - Damian Barr
Author(s): Kirsty Wark
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU