Glitter of Mica

Glitter of Mica


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Introduction by Jenni Fagan

The parish of Caldwell in rural Aberdeenshire is a stifling, unchanging and insular community, hard as granite but with occasional moments that glitter in sunlight like the flecks of mica in the bleak stone. Change may be in the air for Helen Riddel, daughter of the head dairyman at Darklands farm, who has returned from university, having seen what the outside world has to offer. But will she be able to cut her family ties to embrace a new life away from the narrow confines of Caldwell?

An unforgettable portrait of a world that has now vanished forever, Glitter of Mica is a moving evocation of a close-knit rural community in the early twentieth century.

‘One of the literary treasures of modern Scotland’

Product Details

Published: 31st May 2017
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 144 pages
ISBN: 9781785300523


Jessie Kesson (1916-1994) was born in Inverness and spent her childhood in the north of Scotland. She combined a successful writing career with a variety of jobs, from cleaner to artist’s model, and was a social worker for nearly twenty years, settling finally in London with her husband.


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