Taigh Chearsabhagh are delighted to host this book launch of The False Men by Mhairead MacLeod published by Thunderpoint Publishing. There will be a reading and copies of the book will be available to purchase and be signed by the author.
Come and meet the author of The False Men, a fictionalised account of the story of Seasaidh Bhaile Raghnaill, written by the ancestor of one of the boatmen who carried her away. Seasaidh’s famous elopment from Balranald house is familiar from Julie Fowlis’ singing of ‘An t-apran goirid, an t-apran ùr’. Author Mhairead MacLeod sheds new light on her story through her research into the trial of Seasaidh’s fiance in Inverness, and trials relating to the clearances in North Uist. The novel takes its name from standing stones on Blashaval near Lochmaddy, Na Fir Bhreige.or the False Men.
North Uist, Outer Hebrides, 1848
Jess MacKay has led a privileged life as the daughter of
a local landowner, sheltered from the harsher aspects of
Courted by the eligible Patrick Cooper, the Laird’s new
commissioner, Jess’s future is mapped out, until Lachlan
Macdonald arrives on North Uist, amid rumours of forced
evictions on islands just to the south.
As the uncompromising brutality of the Clearances
reaches the islands, and Jess sees her friends ripped
from their homes, she must decide where her heart, and
her loyalties, truly lie.
Set against the evocative backdrop of the Hebrides and
inspired by a true story, The False Men is a compelling
tale of love in a turbulent past that resonates with the upheavals of the modern world.