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  • Tammy Norrie – The Hoose Daemon of Seahouses by William Hershaw (GNPBK041)

Tammy Norrie – The Hoose Daemon of Seahouses by William Hershaw

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The Book: Tammy Norrie – The Hoose Daemon of Seahouses

pictish-03lr.jpgMy name is Tammy Norrie – I am a hoose daemon, spirit, invisible ghost – eel, animus – whatever you choose to call me. I bide in and haunt an old fisherman’s cottage called Jonah’s Neuk at Seahouses on the cold windy coast of Northumberland. Sadly, the generations of fisher folk who lived in former days in Jonah’s Neuk have all set sail for Fiddler’s Green now. Belle, Willie The Scotsman, Old Hilda, Young Bert, Young Hilda, Doris. Only me left here. Me and Nicey. The house was sold eighteen months ago after Young Hilda passed away at the age of one hundred and seven and converted into a holiday home for tourists who come to the North East. But not as regularly as the new owner, Farquhair Tinkerson, hoped when he had the house renovated for his modern holiday clients. … 

Review excerpt:

Hershaw’s prose is written with the clarity of one of the novel’s motifs of ‘summer rock pools’. Just hear the assonance of ‘…cranelled ramparts of Bamburgh Castle…’ and the warm and lovely metaphor on love that ‘…happed the house like cotton wool…’ Well versed in writing in Scots, he sensitively captures the north east voices. His fine gift of poetry is put in the mouth of wee Tammy Norrie with some of the daemon’s scribbling included in a bonus chapter.

Star Ship
When night’s eyes droop
Where blue stars drop
In the candling of day
Dragon prows bow
Dip under the sea

His favourite themes of love and the morality of human decency are brought together with more than a touch of magic in this delightful debut. Hershaw’s recurring themes of hope with enduring, accepting love appear in the form of two fairy tales at the end. The text opens and closes with the Northumbrian folk song Dance to your Daddy creating a perfect narrative circle.

"This is another speculative take on the spiritual world by Hershaw who in 2012 gave us Johnny Aathin, described as a “… shadowy, shape-shifting, regenerating figure …” who was aabody an naebody. It may be written in the voice of a spirit but it is firmly on the side of humanity."

By Irene Brown - Posted on 11 January 2014

EdinburghGuide » Edinburgh News

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ISBN:
978-1-907676-01-7
Categories:
Scottish fiction
Publisher:
Grace Note Publications
Format:
Paperback

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