We are thrilled to announce that Kirsten MacQuarrie’s Remember the Rowan is available for pre-order!

Gavin has not married me in church with stained glass saints looking down in judgement and me wearing shop-bought jewellery that will soon become tarnished. He has not married me on paper, inking out scribbled signatures as if I am a woman to acquire on hire purchase and he a man too busy read the fine print. He has married me with all of this: a marriage of minds and souls, conceived in the beating heart of nature where we share one consciousness and one calling. One otter, most important of all. Instead of white lace, we have rowan blossom. Instead of pungent florist bouquets, we have a flourishing carpet of wildflowers.

Divorced and living apart from her two children as she strives against the odds to carve out a career in 1940s London, poet Kathleen Raine is initially unimpressed when she meets Gavin Maxwell, a would-be portrait painter struggling to recover from a recent breakdown. Nevertheless, the pair soon bond over childhood memories and a profound love of nature, epitomised by a mysterious vision they share of a rowan tree.

When Gavin confides that he is ‘more of a man’s man’, Kathleen remains determined that their connection can survive. They share a cottage in the wildest reaches of the West Highlands, where they care for Gavin’s beloved pet otter Mij and for each other. But when tragedy strikes, love soon turns to hate, and Kathleen finds herself being written out of her own life.

Remember the Rowan is inspired by the real-life story of poet Kathleen Raine, and her extraordinary relationship with fellow writer Gavin Maxwell.

Click here for a full synopsis, and to pre-order Remember the Rowan for the exclusive pre-order price of £9.99 (down from £12.99), to guarantee a signed copy sent to you a week before the launch!

The launch event for Kirsten’s novel will be on at 2pm on Saturday 21st September at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. We hope to see you there!