Monday, 23 November 2009

Malcolm Walker: The Stone Crown

Australian author Malcolm Walker tell us about his novel The Stone Crown which is set in Scotland and was released earlier this month...

My name’s Malcolm Walker and I’m an Australian author. The UK edition of my novel, The Stone Crown, which is set in the Scottish Borders, came out November 2. What’s an Aussie writer doing depicting Scotland? Well, that’s a long story, one which starts with King Arthur, who wasn’t really a king but a Dark Ages warlord and who probably hung out just down the road from you near Kelso…

The two main characters Emlyn and Maxine, townies from London and Newcastle, find themselves stuck in the small town of Yeaveburgh. Boredom and an unsettling mystery involving his father leads Emlyn to poke his nose into some local secret business and when the two teenagers unwittingly steal a small wooden horseman from Sleeper’s Spinney they suddenly find themselves stalked by an ancient terror. Neither Emlyn nor Maxine were to know that the spinney was magically protected or that their unwitting theft would unleash the Dark Ages Arthur and his men, who’ve been kept in check by the McCrossan family, an ancient line of ‘keepers’ charged with containing the power that is trapped behind the spinney’s dry-stone wall. Caught between the ‘keepers’ and a curse that has dogged both of their lives, Emlyn and Max find themselves plunged into a parallel world of myth, magic and the supernatural, where not all is what it seems and where help comes from the most unlikely quarter.

The book has sold well in Australia, with one Australian reviewer saying, “Forget Camelot and chivalry ... this is an intriguing fantasy told with poetic intensity, and an innovative approach to the Arthur we all think we know.”

More information about Malcolm, together with excerpts from The Stone Crown, can be found on his website.


Other news:

Tomorrow is the Royal Mail Awards ceremony at Queen's Hall Edinburgh. Keep your eye on the website to find out the winners! Details of the shortlist can be found on our website.

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