And The Land Lay Still

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0120100823

Excerpts from James Robertson's monumental new novel which portrays the last six decades of Scotland's social and political landscape through the lives of a handful of characters.

This week's extract is set in the present day and focuses on the novel's lynchpin: Michael Pendreich.

He has moved from his Edinburgh home into his late father Angus's cottage in the far north of Scotland.

Angus, who spent his final years living a hermit-like existence, was considered one of the greatest photographers of the post-war era and the remote cottage houses a vast and messy archive of his prints and negatives.

Michael has been asked to curate a major retrospective of his father's work and he's ostensibly moved north to catalogue the material.

But, as he combs through fifty year's worth of photographs, he realises that before he can objectively view his father's artistic legacy, he must confront some painful facts about their difficult relationship.

Read by Liam Brennan.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Mike has moved from Edinburgh into his late father's cottage in the far north of Scotland.

0220100824

Written and abridged by James Robertson.

Read by Liam Brennan.

Excerpts from James Robertson's monumental new novel which portrays the last six decades of Scotland's social and political landscape through the lives of a handful of characters.

Mike Pendreich has moved from Edinburgh to live in his late father Angus's cottage in the far north of Scotland.

Angus was one of the greatest photographers of the post-war era and the remote cottage houses a vast archive of his prints and negatives.

Mike has been asked to curate a major retrospective of his father's work.

Sifting through the messy archive, Mike is increasingly uncertain about the facts of his childhood and, seeking clarity, he decides to visit Jean Barbour, an old lover of his father's.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Mike hopes an old lover of his father's can provide answers to some long-buried questions.

0320100825

Written and abridged by James Robertson.

Read by Liam Brennan.

Excerpts from James Robertson's monumental new novel which portrays the last six decades of Scotland's social and political landscape through the lives of a handful of characters.

The late Angus Pendreich was one of the greatest photographers of the post-war era.

His son Mike, also a photographer, has been asked to curate a major retrospective of his father's work.

Seeking to discover more about the man, Mike has contacted Jean Barbour, one of Angus's old lovers.

As the pair work their way through a bottle of malt whisky, Mike shares some intimate memories and hears from Jean a difficult truth.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Whisky loosens Jean's tongue and Mike must face up to some hard truths.

0420100826

Written and abridged by James Robertson.

Read by Liam Brennan.

Excerpts from James Robertson's monumental new novel which portrays the last six decades of Scotland's social and political landscape through the lives of a handful of characters.

The late Angus Pendreich was one of the greatest photographers of the post-war era.

His son Mike, also a photographer, has been asked to curate a major retrospective of his father's work.

Seeking to discover more about the man, Mike has contacted Jean Barbour, one of Angus's old lovers.

Over a shared bottle of whisky, Jean finally reveals to Mike the truth about her affair with Angus.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Over a shared bottle of whisky, Jean finally reveals the truth about her affair with Angus

0520100827

Written and abridged by James Robertson.

Read by Liam Brennan.

Excerpts from James Robertson's monumental new novel which portrays the last six decades of Scotland's social and political landscape through the lives of a handful of characters.

The late Angus Pendreich was considered to be one of the greatest photographers of the post-war era.

His son Mike, also a photographer, is curating a major retrospective of his father's work.

Seeking to discover more about the man, Mike has contacted Jean Barbour, one of Angus's old lovers and she has revealed a long buried truth about their affair.

Jean's revelation allows Mike to see his own relationship with his father more clearly and as the dust settles on the past he finds himself reconsidering his future.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

As Jean's revelation sinks in, Mike finds himself reconsidering his future.

0620100830

Written and abridged by James Robertson.

Second narrative strand from James Robertson's monumental new novel which portrays the last six decades of Scotland's social and political landscape through the lives of a handful of characters.

This week, the action is set in 1950 and the story focuses on the friendship between Don and Jack - two men in their thirties from the same village in Fife.

The men have two key things in common: they get on the same bus to work each morning and they both served in World War Two.

Don in Europe, Jack in the Far East.

Five years on, the war still casts a shadow but the men deal with its after-effects in very different ways.

Read by Liam Brennan.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Liam Brennan reads from James Robertson's new novel.

0720100831

Written and abridged by James Robertson.

Abridgement of the second narrative strand in James Robertson's monumental new novel which portrays the last six decades of Scotland's social and political landscape through the lives of a handful of characters.

This week, the action is set in 1950 and the story focuses on the friendship between Don and Jack - two men in their thirties from the same village in Fife.

Both served in the war and, five years on it still casts a shadow.

When Jack goes missing, Don fears for his safety.

Read by Liam Brennan.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

James Robertson's novel read by Liam Brennan.

Don fears the worst when Jack goes missing.

0820100901

Written and abridged by James Robertson.

Abridgement of the second narrative strand in James Robertson's monumental new novel which portrays the last six decades of Scotland's social and political landscape through the lives of a handful of characters.

This week, the action is set in 1950 and the story focuses on the friendship between Don and Jack - two men in their thirties from the same village in Fife.

Both served in the war and, five years on, it still casts a shadow.

Jack has gone missing and Don's search is cut short when his wife goes into labour.

Suffering serious complications, she is taken into hospital and Don waits anxiously for news.

Read by Liam Brennan.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Liam Brennan reads from James Robertson's new novel.

0920100902

Written and abridged by James Robertson.

Abridgement of the second narrative strand in James Robertson's monumental new novel which portrays the last six decades of Scotland's social and political landscape through the lives of a handful of characters.

Set in the 1950s, this week's story focuses on Don and on his friendship with Jack.

Both men served in World War Two but had very different experiences: Don in close combat in Europe, Jack enduring three years in a Japanese POW camp.

Don's family is growing, his wife has had another son, and he realises that being a good husband and father requires a different kind of courage from being a good soldier.

Read by Liam Brennan.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Liam Brennan reads James Robertson's new novel.

Jack has gone missing.

10 LAST20100903

Written and abridged by James Robertson.

Abridgement of the second narrative strand in James Robertson's monumental new novel which portrays the last six decades of Scotland's social and political landscape through the lives of a handful of characters.

Set in the 1950s, this week the focus is Don and his friendship with Jack.

The pair served in World War Two but had very different experiences: Don in close combat in Europe, Jack enduring three years in a Japanese POW camp.

Years have passed since Jack went missing yet Don thinks about him almost every day.

Finally, he reveals why Jack's friendship meant so much to him.

Read by Liam Brennan.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Liam Brennan reads from James Robertson's new novel.