THE CURIOSITY CABINET
island reminds her of those magic painting books. The shop here
used to sell them. You would dip your brush in water and pale,
clear colours would emerge from the page, as this green and blue
landscape is emerging from the mist.’
When Alys revisits the beautiful
Hebridean island of Garve after an absence of twenty five years,
she is captivated by the embroidered casket on display in her
hotel. She discovers that it belongs to Donal, her childhood
playmate, and soon they resume their old friendship. Interwoven
with the story of their growing love, is the darker tale of
Henrietta Dalrymple, kidnapped by the formidable Manus McNeill
and held on Garve against her will. With three hundred years
separating them, the women are linked by the cabinet and its
contents, by the tug of motherhood and by the magic of the
island itself. But Garve has its secrets, past and present.
Donal must learn to trust Alys enough to confide in her and,
like Henrietta before her, Alys must earn the right to belong.
What people have said about this
‘A powerful story about love and
obligation… a persuasive novel, very well written’ - John
‘Heartwarming, realistic and page
turning’ – Lorraine Kelly.
‘A stunning Hebridean setting’ –
the Sunday Herald.
The Curiosity Cabinet was one of
three novels shortlisted for the prestigious 2005 Dundee Book
Prize. It was published in the same year by Polygon but has been
out of print for some time. This edition is available only on
Kindle. The new cover design is by textile artist Alison Bell,
who interpreted her own response to the book as follows: ‘The
narrative works on many layers of memory and time, some hazy,
some forgotten, but the island’s presence is constant, as a
refuge and a place to grow and start afresh. I wanted the
colours to be soft, subtle, muted, with hints of turquoise, like
the sea up there. It is a gentle book which drifts into the
mind’s eye as each chapter unfolds.’
Catherine Czerkawska is an award
winning author of historical novels, short stories and many
plays for the stage and for BBC Radio 4. When not writing, she
also finds time to collect and deal in antique and vintage
textiles, especially those with a Scottish or Irish provenance.
She's fascinated by costume history and often finds that antique
textiles: embroideries, lace, silks and satins, find their way
into her fiction.
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