From tedious blockhouse duty, Selkirk's Reivers take on ather dangerous mission, and come against an irregular outlaw band, as well as Boer bitter-enders. Peace comes, and Selkirk returns to Scotland, where events take surprising turns, before resolving his tangled personal life with a peaceful and charming end to the story.
Malcolm Archibald went from the Royal High School, Edinburgh, to the University of Dundee, where he graduated with first class honours in history. In between, he had many jobs in the university of life, and is now a college lecturer in history. He won the 2005 Dundee Book Prize with another novel, Whales for the wizard. (Polygon)