Blackthorn – Aimée Chalmers
Blackthorn, a fictionalised biography of Scottish poet Marion Angus (1865-1946), is about the interplay between love and duty, and how fate intervenes to change the ‘best laid plans’.
When the young Marion meets Wull, a Traveller, they become lovers, and soon arrange to elope to Canada. Things never go entirely to plan though. Shortly after her father’s death, Marion becomes a long-term carer for her sister. The great stock market collapse of the late 1920s brings matters to a head and things go from bad to worse…
Then, after World War II, someone from her past comes back into Marion’s life and, at last, things begin to make sense.
Aimée Chalmers edited The Singin Lass: Selected Work of Marion Angus (Polygon 2006). She completed a creative writing PhD on the poet Marion Angus at the University of St Andrews in 2009.
“As the depiction of a woman’s consciousness, alert to love and family and the passing of time, as well as the portrayal of a poet’s consciousness, full of contradictory doubt and confidence, and prey to the machinations of others who would seek to divert her from her path, whether in love or in art, Chalmers’s novel succeeds superbly. This is a highly sympathetic account, readable for all its difficulty, and as lyrical in its evocation of dialect as Marion Angus herself.”
Demy Paperback 216 x 138mm