The Jewel

The Jewel The Jewel is set largely during the dramatic years of Jean Armour and Robert Burns s courtship in Mauchline their married life at Ellisland and in Dumfries and Robert s early death all against a ba

The Jewel is set largely during the dramatic years of Jean Armour and Robert Burns s courtship in Mauchline, their married life at Ellisland and in Dumfries, and Robert s early death, all against a background simmering with political intrigue and turmoil Jean, a beautiful young woman with the voice of a nightingale, has been inexplicably neglected by biographers and histoThe Jewel is set largely during the dramatic years of Jean Armour and Robert Burns s courtship in Mauchline, their married life at Ellisland and in Dumfries, and Robert s early death, all against a background simmering with political intrigue and turmoil Jean, a beautiful young woman with the voice of a nightingale, has been inexplicably neglected by biographers and historians At first, her stonemason father tried to protect the young Jean from the advances of the mercurial ploughman poet, whose roving eye and even delusions of grandeur were notorious Nevertheless, she fell for him and accepted his proposal Their extraordinary marriage was passionate, tempestuous, and enduring against all odds, and its rocky course reveals Jean s indomitable strength and character How she lived with, and frequently without, Scotland s most famous son tells us much about the life and times of Burns himself, and is a compelling story in itself.

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The Jewel

  1. I m a novelist, historian and experienced professional playwright, living and working in Scotland I write warm, intelligent and grown up stories some historical, some contemporary and some a mixture of both I have than 100 hours of BBC radio drama to my name as well as many professional theatre productions My fiction is published by Saraband, and my plays by Nick Hern Books My recent fiction includes The Physic Garden, a Scottish historical novel about an early nineteenth century gardener, his love for weaver s daughter Jenny and his friendship with botanist Dr Thomas Brown Set in Glasgow, this is a moving and engrossing story of friendship and betrayal The Jewel, published in May 2016 is a luscious historical novel, bringing to glorious life the dramatic years of Jean Armour and Robert Burns s courtship and their tempestuous, married life against a background simmering with political intrigue and turmoil The Curiosity Cabinet, reprinted this year, 2017, is set on the small fictional inner Hebridean island of Garve, and involves parallel stories, three hundred years apart Henrietta Dalrymple is kidnapped and held on Garve by the fearsome laird, Manus McNeill, while in the present day, Alys returns to the island where she spent childhood holidays, and renews an old friendship While Henrietta must decide who she can trust, Alys must earn the trust of the man she loves But for both women, the tug of motherhood will finally influence their decisions I m working on the first of a series of novel set on the same small Scottish island The Posy Ring is due for publication in 2018 I ve held Creative Writing fellowships and residencies and spent four years as Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of the West of Scotland I enjoy giving readings and talks about all aspects of my work and love chatting to my readers so please don t be shy about contacting me I collect antiques, mainly textiles, in my spare time quite often they find their way into my fiction.

822 Reply to “The Jewel”

  1. If Rab and Jean were alive today and on Facebook, they might list their relationship status as it s complicated Robert Burns probably the most beloved Scottish figure throughout the world, to the point that gallons of whisky and pounds haggis are consumed on Burns Night in honor of his birthday was quite the naughty boy, as can easily be seen from reading from the poems collected in Bawdy Burns And he was not a faithful husband He had illegitimate children both before and during his marriage to [...]


  2. A lovely book, if a little glossy as it paints Burns as a lovable rogue and nice guy really I did enjoy it however, though I am not usually attracted to historical novels.


  3. A very sweet tale of ploughman poet Robert Burns and his wife Jean Armour I didn t know much about her at all Her life wasn t all plain sailing, that s for sure Sometimes the language, despite a glossary, was a stumbling block and also a factual error in talk of Nigeria, which didn t exist as a country in the 18th Century An enlightening read, overall.


  4. I bought the book after hearing a talk by the author She mentioned the watch paper Valentine artdaily news 66501 Robert I hope Anonymous buyer lets the rest of the world see it sometime and I became interested in the actual objects and documents the author framed her story around As she says in the Historical Note to the book, The casual reader might be surprised by what is documented fact and how little is invention.


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