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The Leaper by Lorn Macintyre

The Leaper: Seumas Macdonald is an outsider, not only because he lives on an isolated primitive croft, but also because, being the only child in the school to speak Gaelic (apart from his disturbed sister), he is the favourite of MacCallum the headmaster, which leads to the boy being bullied in the playground. MacCallum comes in his boat for ceilidhs with the Macdonald family, to preserve the evocative Gaelic names of birds and flowers, and to teach Seumas to read and write what the headmaster calls ‘the language of Eden’ which, like the natural world, is under threat. The Leaper chronicles Seumas’s late and troubled introduction to sex; revealing how he finds consolation, companionship and hope in the company of a wild creature, in the face of violence and discrimination from the community. The novel is also about the loss of the old oral Gaelic tradition and the emergence of a new form of Gaelic culture, literate, but lacking the continuity of the old spoken tales

About the Translator

LORN MACINTYRE was born in Taynuilt, Argyll, and spent formative years on the Isle of Mull, both places being the inspiration for his poetry and prose and his exposure to Gaelic culture. His doctorate on Sir Walter Scott and the Highlands shows how that area of Scotland was romanticised and misrepresented in literature by ‘The Wizard of the North,’ with lasting detriment. Lorn is the author of the Chronicles of Invernevis, about a Highland landed family, of which four in the series of novels have been published. He has published two acclaimed collections of short stories based on his years on Mull and its characters, including his own legendary father Angus, poet, bank manager and obsessed Gael. Lorn’s poetry, like his fiction, records and laments the disappearance of a traditional way of life, with accompanying decline in the Gaelic language, and the exploitation of the environment, with some wildlife under threat of extinction through the use of chemicals. Lorn’s website is at <www.lornmacintyre.co.uk>



" This is a gentle, evocative read that uplifts and inspires, offering hope for the future of both the language and the culture of the Hebrides."

Dundee Courrier, 03/02/2018


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