Elspeth Baillie’s glorious Barbadian stage career is not to be. As a young Scottish actress stranded on a remote plantation, she is a step above the Scottish sugar slaves, but just as dependent on those with power, namely colonialist men. Chris Dolan’s rich and engrossing literary novel charts the turbulent lives, loves and losses of Elspeth and her fellow homesick Scots, illuminating a fascinating era of history and bringing to life the ancestors of today’s ‘Redlegs’, or poor whites, of the Caribbean.
- A contemporary classic set in 19th-century colonial Barbados
- Unique insight into the history of Caribbean ‘Redlegs’ or poor whites
- Love, loss and secrets run through this beautifully written tale
“An engrossing and compelling novel... lingering richly in the memory” – Scotsman
“A powerful, disturbing tale, written with scrupulous care both for words and their hidden meanings” – Independent