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Mary Miller had always been an outcast. As a young girl she had fallen into the hot burn - a torrent of warm chemical run-off from the local coal mine. Fished out white-haired and half-dead, sympathy for her quickly faded when the young man who pushed her in died in a mining accident just two days later. From then on she was regarded with a mixture of suspicion and fascination by her God-fearing community. Now, years later she is hardly less alone. She is the mother of a bastard son, Sandy, and caught up in a faltering affair with a local teacher. Sandy, meanwhile, has fallen in love with a strange homeless girl. The search for happiness isn't easy. Both mother and son must face a dark secret from their past, in the growing knowledge that their small dramas are being played out against a much larger canvas, glimpsed only in symbols and flickering images - of decay and regrowth, of fire and water - of the flood. The Flood is both a coming-of-age novel and an amazing portrait of a time and place. Dark, atmospheric and powerful, it is a remarkable debut from a remarkable author.
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Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents. Fife born Donald was most recently seen on television in the BBC Scotland series RIVER CITY playing Callum and in SPOOKS -BBC TV as PC Steven Bowyers. Theatre includes ANTIGONE at the Old Vic, MYTHS OF THE NEAR FUTURE at the Tramway, Glasgow, MACBETH at the StephenJoseph Theatre and Everyman, Liverpool and THE CURE AT TROY at Battersea Arts Centre, ROMEO & JULIET, TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare in the Botanics, Glasgow.
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Book Description Polygon, 1986. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No jacket. Small name inscription on the end page. A fairly hard to find book. First paperback edition. Seller Inventory # 6625
Book Description P D Meany Pub, 1986. Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP78832083
Book Description polygon, 1986. Soft cover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 1st softback edition, almost as rare as hardback. card covers a little marked and some creasing, very mild marks to opening three pages, otherwise fine. Seller Inventory # ABE-16943491582
Book Description Polygon, Edinburgh, 1986. Paperback. Condition: Very Good plus. First Edition. 1986. First edition. 188pp. The book is in excellent condition with minor creasing to the top of the spine and slight browning to the edges of the covers. Colour illustration to front cover by Kerry Kirkwood. Some very minor(barely noticeable) indentations to covers. No inscriptions - A rare unsigned copy! Size: 7.75" Tall. Seller Inventory # ScotLitRankin07
Book Description P D Meany Pub, 1986. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG094827512X