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The Pearl-fishers

Classic Fiction, Fiction
Publication Date
01 April 2007
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
Available for Sale
Birlinn Limited
Age Range
20th Century

The Pearl-fishers

by Robin Jenkins - Find out more about the author


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‘Worthy of the greatest respect throughout the English-language world’ – Paul Binding, Guardian

’Breathtaking in its simple beauty and honest heart’ – Doug Johnstone, The Big Issue (Scotland)

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

When a family of travelling pearl-fishers arrives in a small Scottish town, the inhabitants react in their own different ways, from warmth to outright rejection. But how will they respond when love seems to blossom between local man Gavin Hamilton and the beautiful pearl-fisher Effie?

The Pearl-fishers is a classic love story and the master storyteller’s last novel.

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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