The year's midnight

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Penguin, Oct 13, 1996 - Fiction - 576 pages
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in the late 18th century, in the Scottish village of Aberlevin, a man in unjustly hanged. Enraged, the townsfolk vent their anger on the clocktower, destroying the clock and calling a halt to time. A century later, shy, gifted watchmaker William 'Watchie' Leckie is commissioned to repair the now accursed clock. Driven by his growing obsession with the timepiece, Watchie unwittingly unleashes a tidal wave of hypocrisy and hostility that threatens to engulf them all... 'Here is a book to take your breath away... by a writer with a style and a tone of voice all his own, who peoples his fiction with vivid characters, who displays the crafts of the born storyteller and who picks away unobtrusively... at concerns and dilemmas which have troubled his own people down the centuries... a master'. Joe Farrell, independent

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