And the Land Lay Still is the sweeping Scottish epic by James Robertson. And the Land Lay Still is nothing less than the story of a nation. James Robertson's breathtaking novel is a portrait of modern Scotland as seen through the eyes of natives and immigrants, journalists and politicians, drop-outs and spooks, all trying to make their way through a country in the throes of great and rapid change. It is a moving, sweeping story of family, friendship, struggle and hope - epic in every sense. The winner of the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award 2010, And the Land Lay Still is a masterful insight into Scotland's history in the 20th century and a moving, beautifully written novel of intertwined stories.
The breadth of this book is awesome. The very credible lives of the beautifully observed characters, interweave throughout the book, to remind us how Scotland got from WW2 to a Scottish Parliament, through the lens of history and Angus' camera. utterly brilliant
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This book is fantastic, it charts Scotland’s people from ww2 till the end of mrs thatchers conservatives. And the growing self awareness of the people as to how they differ from the English in there values.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jack is in some way is the voice of Scotland his observations on how scotland and it’s people slowly are changing in there thinking brings thoughtful insights
Which character – as performed by Jonathan Hackett – was your favourite?
The best thing Jonathan Hackett brings is that you forget he is not part of the story
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
My emotions where all over the place pride would be the overwhelming reaction to this book it made me think
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The writing is wonderful. The story is of Scots of Scotland but of everyone
I know I loved this book as I was genuinely sad when it ended. The story telling is superb both moving and laugh out loud funny at times. The characters are all people you care about in time even when you thought you wouldn't, they all have their place. I loved how all the individual stories and lives entwined and crossed paths through life. At times i took a break from listening, it felt like hard work in places, especially in part 3, but I was determined to see it through. I felt I owed it to the characters to hear their stories to the end and I'm so glad I did. I'd be interested to see how this talks to a non scot. I felt I got so much from it, relating to the people and places. I imagined my granny and her friends in post war Glasgow, and my father in law during the miners strike and it really brought it alive to me where my country and her people had come from and how we ended up here today. Loved it!