Rose Nicholson by Andrew Greig (Quercus, 2023)
Rose Nicolson by Andrew Greig (ISBN: 9780857054869, paperback). The novel is set in the turbulent, uncertain years after the Scottish reformation: many of the characters and events really lived and did happen. While the turmoil of monarchy, the feuds of the landed families and the suspicions of the new religion swirl overhead, our focus is on the more immediate trepidations of the teenager Will Fowler, setting off from Embra in the winter of 1574 for university in St Andrews, cold, worried about his inadequate Latin and fearful of his landlady. The story romps along at a John Buchan pace; its language fresh and contemporary.