Andrew O'Hagan has written a story that is a poignant and powerful reclamation of the past and a clear-sighted gaze at our relationship with history, personal and public.
Jamie returns to Scotland with his grandfather, the legendary social reformer Hugh Bawn, now living out his last days on the eighteenth floor of a high-rise. The young man is faced with the unquiet story of a country he thought he had left behind and now he listens to the voices of ghosts, and what they say about his own life.
It is a story of love and landscape, of nationality and strong drink, of Catholic faith and the end of the old left. Jamie Bawn's journey home will leave him changed beyond words - beyond the words that darkened his childhood.