The Wild Island

  • Title: The Wild Island
  • Author: Antonia Fraser
  • ISBN: 9780393331899
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Wild Island Here Jemima Shore investigator and TV personality arrives at Inverness Station for a Highland holiday The sun is shining Paradise she thinks But at that moment she hears a voice All this way for
    Here, Jemima Shore, investigator and TV personality, arrives at Inverness Station for a Highland holiday The sun is shining Paradise, she thinks But at that moment, she hears a voice All this way for a funeral So begins an adventure far removed from Jemima s visions of heather covered hills, crystal clear streams, romantic men in kilts, fairy tale castles.Instead,Here, Jemima Shore, investigator and TV personality, arrives at Inverness Station for a Highland holiday The sun is shining Paradise, she thinks But at that moment, she hears a voice All this way for a funeral So begins an adventure far removed from Jemima s visions of heather covered hills, crystal clear streams, romantic men in kilts, fairy tale castles.Instead, she is plunged into the strange world of the aristocratic Beauregard family with its tensions, its jealousies, and its violence, in many ways a primitive world dominated by the land and its possessing The setting is the Wild Island itself, sometimes enchanting, but too often frighteningly remote the streams, not silvery, but brown and sinister her holiday home, with its disturbing, sometimes terrifying, influences the people the dashing war hero Colonel Henry and his sons, the forthright old priest Father Flanagan, Bridie the family servant, Clementina the wayward heiressne of them quite what they seem.And then there is the specter of the Scottish freedom fighters, in the shape of the self styled army of the Red Rose.It all adds up to a brilliantly told story of mystery and intrigue on the Wild Island.

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    About Antonia Fraser


    1. Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works, including the biographies Mary, Queen of Scots a 40th anniversary edition was published in May 2009 , Cromwell Our Chief of Men, King Charles II and The Gunpowder Plot CWA Non Fiction Gold Dagger St Louis Literary Award She has written five highly praised books which focus on women in history, The Weaker Vessel Women s Lot in Seventeenth Century Britain Wolfson Award for History, 1984 , The Warrior Queens Boadecia s Chariot, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Marie Antoinette The Journey Franco British Literary Prize 2001 , which was made into a film by Sofia Coppola in 2006 and most recently Love and Louis XIV The Women in the Life of the Sun King She was awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000 Antonia Fraser was made DBE in 2011 for her services to literature Her most recent book is Must You Go , celebrating her life with Harold Pinter, who died on Christmas Eve 2008 She lives in London.


    993 Comments


    1. Tartan Tragedy. A tragedy indeed. I've read the first four chapters, got to page 36 and I hate it! Really not my thing and life is too short so I am quitting this book. It's actually an old murder series written in the 1970s I thought it all sounded wierdly dated when I started reading it. The whole thing is a bit twee and not amazing. I couldn't care less why that guy's been killed. The Scots speak in a wierdly written Scottish dialect and it's all one step away from offering you a tin of short [...]

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    2. Jemima has dumped the loser from book one and is taking a holiday in the Highlands of Scotland. Upon arrival in Inverness she discovers that her landlord has died and she has arrived in time for his funeral. Suddenly she is mixed up with the Red Rose Society, a group bent on proving the Beauregards (Jemima's landlords) are the true heirs to the English throne through Bonnie Prince Charlie.More bodies pile up but in the end things fall into place.I really enjoy this series and will most certainly [...]

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    3. Antonia Fraser trying to write a wild romance. It's not that successful, to be honest. Jemima, with her much-vaunted intelligence, once again displays a solid lack of logical thinking and generally a fairly dull intellect. None of the characters were especially engaging and the plot was rather dull.

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    4. "When Jemima Shore takes a welcome break from the stresses of television reporting, all she wants from her remote Scottish island is peace and isolation. So when she learns that Charles Beauregard won't be able to collect her after all, her plans for a relaxing holiday are shattered -- Charles is dead. And when she decides to continue her stay in the Highlands, she finds herself increasingly involved in a bitter and bloody family feud between Colonel Henry Beauregard and Beauregard Castle's new [...]

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    5. Yet another mystery (or thriller, or whatever exactly it is) that has clearly lost appeal over the decades. It's a bit silly in many ways--Fraser plays with the cozy, the gothic, and various other genres yet not all that convincingly. At the same time, aspects of her skill as a writer do show through, and it also becomes a bit of a period piece (1975) so may be more fun again twenty years from now. While it did hold my interest in a perverse way (it is over-the-top in its way, which becomes amus [...]

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    6. This is not a mystery, really. Yes, there is a death, and it is mysterious, but it is really more of a take on a 1960s gothic -- a woman who is an outsider goes to the strange, empty house and is surrounded by family tensions she does not understand and menaced by forces which she is only vaguely aware of, and in the end all is revealed, but not by her agency. Fraser plays with the form, certainly; Jemima Shore is no virginal ingenue but a woman in her mid or late 30s, and the brooding male figu [...]

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    7. I'm being biased in giving 4* for this book.Jemina, a TV star, planned for a quiet transquil holiday in a lovely Scotiish cottage. Turned out it was nothing but transquil and lovely. She found herself in a creepy-doomy house and a family feud which involved Scottish nationalism. People died and suddenly all looked suspicious.I liked the setting and the characters as well as their backgrounds. However, the protagonist was not very likable. She was just an observer, not sleuth detective. (Maybe I [...]

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    8. As Jemima Shore arrived at Inverness Station, it was early morning but already the sun was shining.Having acquired the first three in this series and now have two under my belt, I can safely say that as much as I adore Fraser's non-fiction, her crime mysteries leave a lot to be desired in the reading. The TV series must have 'bigged-up' the stories, or was it that we were distracted with the scenery, theme music and the lovely Patricia Hodge. (haha - I nearly tapped in Routledge there by mistake [...]

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    9. SoI loved the descriptions of the Wild Island, and the few cultural insights about Scots of the North. But this book definitely suffers from being written in 1978, when a woman could be assumed to fall for a man, any man, even a scoundrel she suspects, because he's the only likely characterSPOILER ALERT: I wasn't convinced the main character should have been so taken with her love interest that she would regret his loss, and I wasn't convinced that he was so taken with her that his wife would ta [...]

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    10. Jemima Shore, TV investigator, sets out for a quiet month's holiday on an island in Scotland. She lands in the middle of an ancient family feud centered on Bonnie Prince Charlie. Her holiday is anything but quiet. An entertaining read.

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    11. Read over a couple of days. Didn't find the main character that strong a character. She just seemed to drift through the story.

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    12. A nice easy read and a bit predictable in places. Won't stop me reading another one of Ms Fraser's books.

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    13. I enjoyed Quiet as a nun more.

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    14. It maybe okay as a TV series but I found the writing mediocre and implausible.

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    15. A simple desire for a vacation bumps into Scotish nationalism.

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