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The Gowk Storm
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Classic Fiction
Canongate Classics
Publication Date
23 June 2008
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The Gowk Storm

by Nancy Brysson Morrison - Find out more about the author

A 'gowk storm' is an untimely fall of snow in early Spring - a fitting symbol for the anguished story that unfolds in this novel. Like Chekov’s famous play, and even more like the real-life Brontës whose story she told in another book, Morrisson tells the story of three girls who were born to a minister and his wife in a remote Highland manse, nearly a hundred years ago. It is narrated by the youngest sister, Lisbet, who describes the love affairs of her older sisters, Julia and Emmy, each of whom falls in love with a man deemed an unacceptable match by their patriarchal, rigid and prejudiced society. These societal strictures are set against approaching womanhood, the growing awareness of a life beyond the safety of home, and the wild beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Nancy Brysson Morrison (1907-1986), was born in Glasgow. A very private person who never married, she lived in this city for most of her life, but also London and Edinburgh. Her work was very much admired in America, and indeed her late novel Thea (1962) was first published in New York. An interest in biography resulted in books on a variety of historical and literary figures; others were published on religious subjects. She also wrote five other novels, set partly in Glasgow, partly in the Highlands.

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