Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Witch Light-a new favourite book

I'm currently reading a book called Witch Light by Susan Fletcher and have been galvanized to write this post because it is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.

Corrag is a wild, young girl who has lived the life of a wanderer in the Scottish mountains. The story begins with her imprisoned as a witch, awaiting to be put to death by burning. A Jacobite priest from Ireland realises she witnessed the massacre at Glencoe and may have enough evidence to prove that the current king, William, ordered the massacre. This evidence would be enough to help overthrow the King and restore James, who they believe to be the rightful king, to the throne.

Corrag agrees to tell them everything she witnessed at the massacre. In return she asks permission to tell her side of the story, about her life in the wild, her loves, about the persecution she has endured for being labelled a witch.

The book is incredibly beautiful and the visceral descriptions of the Scottish Highlands have enchanted me from the first page. I love Corrag for her brightness, her passion and her wild nature. I haven't finished the book, I'm putting it off, but it will be hard to not shed a tear if the author chooses Corrag to burn. A highly recommended novel.


  1. I just finished reading it and I loved it. Funny... my copy is simply called 'Corrag'... I think I like your title better!

  2. I think it was called Corrag in hardback. They changed the name to Witch Light-I prefer that title too. Beautiful book :)