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'A sequel to his acclaimed debut Morvern Callar, These Demented Lands, confirms that Alan Warner boasts an extravagant talent...This novel is set on a Scottish island that contains a variety of weird landmarks and an hallucinogenic cast of characters - including a DJ who wants to set up the rave to end all raves, a visitor whose job is to assess candidates for sainthood and the wonderfully unfazed heroine, Morvern Callar' - Harry Ritchie, Mail on Sunday A powerful, hilarious and original novel about the intersection of lives in the rough and ready communities and wild landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099577911
ISBN-10: 0099577917
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 31-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » A sequel to Scots novelist Warner's acclaimed debut, Morvern Callar (1997), returns to the rootless life of that eponymous antiheroine as her wanderings bring her into contact with two strongly imagined, and keenly differentiated, characters: a disc jockey organizing an immense "rave" to be held on a remote airstrip, and an "Aircrash Investigator" obsessed with saving lives in a culture where it seems life is often indifferently thrown away. Oddly reminiscent of Faulkner's Pylon (and with more than a bit of a nod toward The English Patient), this tense, curious novel is best read in conjunction with its predecessor - and there are inconclusive suggestions that it may be part of a larger work still in progress. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Alan Warner

Alan Warner is the author of six other novels: Morvern Callar, The Sopranos, The Man Who Walks, The Worms Can Carry Me To Heaven, The Stars in the Bright Sky, which was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, and The Deadman's Pedal. He is Writer in Residence at Edinburgh University.

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