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Poverty Castle
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Publication Date
30 June 2007
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Poverty Castle

by Robin Jenkins - Find out more about the author


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‘His persistent creativity for a half-century makes this Scottish writer worthy of the greatest respect throughout the English-language world’ – Paul Binding, Guardian

‘Let me alert everyone to the best-kept secret in modern British literature ... if you are interested in books that are humane and wise, not slick and cynical; then treat yourself this year to some Robin Jenkins’ – Andrew Marr

‘Many people can produce a novel, but very few are authentic writers whose sentences and paragraphs give intrinsic pleasure. Jenkins is one of them’ – J. B. Pick ‘

Jenkins [is] a remarkable writer whose gentlest touch induces the greatest of pleasures’ – The Times

Donald Sempill has a beautiful wife who adores him, five perfect daughters and enough money that he doesn’t have to work. In fact he can afford to buy a ruin in Argyllshire and restore it as a home for them all – Poverty Castle. The idyll can’t last, though. Try as hard they might obsession and the outside world begin to creep into the Sempills’ Eden and the stability and idealism they had worked so hard for is threatened. A subtly ironic tale from Scotland’s master storyteller.

John Robin Jenkins was born in 1912, one of four children, in the village of Flemington, near Cambuslang. He studied English at the University of Glasgow. When World War II broke out, he registered as a conscientious objector and was directed to work for the Forestry Commission; he used this experience in the acclaimed novel, The Cone Gatherers. In 1957, he moved abroad to work in Spain, Afghanistan and Malaysia. In 1968, he settled in Dunoon where he remained for the rest of his life. In 2002 he received the Saltire Society’s Award for Lifetime Achievement. He died in 2005.

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