In a Veil of Mist
A poisoned breeze blows across the waves ... Operation Cauldron, 1952: Top-secret germ warfare experiments on monkeys and guinea pigs are taking place aboard a vessel moored off the Isle of Lewis. Local villagers Jessie and Duncan encounter strange sights on the deserted beach nearby and suspect the worst. And one government scientist wrestles with his own inner anguish over the testing, even if he believes extreme deterrent weapons are needed. When a noxious cloud of plague bacteria is released into the path of a passing trawler, disaster threatens. Will a deadly pandemic be inevitable? A haunting exploration of the costs and fallout of warmongering, Donald S Murray follows his prize-winning first novel with an equally moving exploration of another little-known incident in the Outer Hebridean island where he grew up.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 129 x 198 x 36mm | 214g
- 11 Mar 2021
- Glasgow, United Kingdom
'A moving portrait of a place and its people ... a quiet, sad but brilliant novel.' Antonia Senior, Times, Book of the Month in best historical fiction; 'Set in [Murray's] native Lewis as firmly as the stones at Callanish ... it is so credibly drawn that the book is almost a ticket to the island ... it seems an even more impressive achievement than ever.' David Robinson, Books from Scotland; 'Shows yet again how a good novel is capable of making you think and feel at the same time ... a rich and sympathetic portrayal of island life in all its diversity ... timely and compelling ... a novel to savour.' Allan Massie, Scotsman; 'A well-written and well-crafted novel from an author at the height of his powers.' Eric Macintyre, Oban Times
About Donald S Murray
Originally from the Isle of Lewis, Donald S Murray won the Paul Torday Memorial Award (2020) for his first novel. A writer, poet and teacher, his work has also been shortlisted for the Herald Scottish Culture Awards, Saltire Literary Awards, Highland Book Prize, Author's Club First Novel Award, and the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. His critically acclaimed non-fiction brings to life the culture and nature of the Scottish islands, and he appears regularly on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland.