Magazine article The Spectator

There Be Dragons Michael Paraskos Whirligig by Magnus Mcintyre - Review

Magazine article The Spectator

There Be Dragons Michael Paraskos Whirligig by Magnus Mcintyre - Review

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There be dragons Michael Paraskos Whirligig by Magnus Mcintyre Short Books, �7.99, pp. 288, ISBN 9781780721279 I do not have much time for the idea of the redemptive power of the countryside. I am not alone in this. Even theologians tend to dream of the day they enter the City of God rather than 1,000 acres of nowhere. But I will buy into a modern fairytale extolling the virtues of nature and country folk when told with wit and verve. So it is with Magnus Macintyre's novel Whirligig.

This is the story of Gordon Claypole, an English businessman who finds himself among the singular natives of a Scottish island. Or rather, an almost island. Like much in the novel nothing is clear cut. Claypole is half Scottish, but a childhood holiday to Scotland brings home to him how unScottish he really is. …

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