Merinder's House

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About the author:
Jane Coutts was born in Lincolnshire, and originally studied languages, but later completed a postgraduate thesis on rural community development. She lived for nearly 20 years on a remote Scottish island working in education, community development and heritage-related fields. She married an islander, has two sons and now lives with her family in south-west Spain where she teaches and translates. Her passions are follies and things of beauty but little practical use, 18th century Gothic literature, the antiquities of Italy, Spain and Portugal and jasmine tea.

Merinder's House
 

A story about the nature of things

Authored by Jane Coutts

Merinder's House is set partly in early 19th century Scotland and Spain, and partly in the modern dilemmas faced by the population of a small island.

It is the story of how a museum curator comes to terms with leaving behind the work which has become her life. She discovers a mysterious bundle of letters which apparently link the island's problems to the actions of a 19th century landowner, Sir James Merinder, but which result in far more damaging revelations.

Merinder is a failed 19th century academic who is forced back home from a Grand Tour to follow his father into the fish trade. He conducts economic experiments on his estate which involve the wholesale eviction of hundreds of his tenants, while he devotes himself to mediaeval manuscripts he has purchased in Spain.

Merinder's games with light and time are woven into the fabric of his house, the book's central character. It is an incongruous Gothic mixture of styles and tastes built from the trophies Merinder has gathered on his journeys, a place of anomalies and asymmetries where the curator finally begins to understand the nature of things.


Publication Date:
Nov 19 2009
ISBN/EAN13:
1449580114 / 9781449580117
Page Count:
316
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / General




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