Lie of the Land

Michael F. Russell

Set in a post-apocalyptic Scotland, Lie of the Land is an engrossing thriller and a brilliant dissection of the psyche of the outsider.
Date Published :
August 2016
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ISBN : 9781846973604
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 7.7 X 5.1 inches
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For investigative journalist Carl Shewan, the Scottish coastal village of Inverlair is a picturesque cage. Imprisoned in this remote refuge by a technological catastrophe for which he feels partly responsible, Carl struggles to adapt to impending fatherhood and to a harsh new existence in an ancient landscape, until a childless gamekeeper offers him an alternative to guilt and alienation. Set in the near future, Lie of the Land examines the claustrophobia of small-town life and questions how far the state will go to preserve an orderly society, one in which ubiquitous surveillance has reduced human life to a virtual experience.

About The Author

Michael F. Russell grew up on the Isle of Barra before leaving to study Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow, followed by a postgraduate diploma in Journalism Studies at the University of Strathclyde. He is deputy editor at the West Highland Free Press and writes occasionally for the Sunday Herald. His writing has appeared in Gutter, Northwords Now and Fractured West. He lives on Skye with his partner and two children.



- Newbooks Magazine Summer Reading Special

It is as cosy as a handful of gorse raked across your back. It announces a talent to be followed closely.

- Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

'Despite the horrors that slowly, slyly emerge, there are also passages of genuine beauty . . . announces a talent to be followed closely'  

- Stuart Kelly

Lie of the Land is greater than the sum of its possible parts, and those parts might be 1984, Lord of the Flies, and Under the Dome'

- Shoreline of Infinity

Michael F Russell has delivered an intriguing, thought-provoking and immensely readable book'

- Roger Hutchinson

This thrilling book will grab and hold onto you as it unfolds its story - a gripping tale that must be read'

- Lovereading

a gripping story . . . all the more terrifying for how plausible each speculation is' 

- Gutter Magazine

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