The Bass Rock

The Bass Rock


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Surging out of the sea, the Bass Rock has for centuries watched over the lives that pass under its shadow on the Scottish mainland. And across the centuries the fates of three women are linked: to this place, to each other.

In the early 1700s, Sarah, accused of being a witch, flees for her life.

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Ruth navigates a new house, a new husband and the strange waters of the local community.

Six decades later, the house stands empty. Viv, mourning the death of her father, catalogues Ruth’s belongings and discovers her place in the past – and perhaps a way forward.

Each woman’s choices are circumscribed, in ways big and small, by the men in their lives. But in sisterhood there is the hope of survival and new life. Intricately crafted and compulsively readable, The Bass Rock burns bright with anger and love.

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    The Bass Rock Reviews

  • Paromjit

    Evie Wyld's writes a ambitious haunting gothic novel set amidst the Scottish North Berwick coast, with its eerie wildness and the formidable presence of the Bass Rock, bearing witness through the ages...

  • Adina

    I do not really know how to rate and review this novel. It is marketed as a gothic novel and in my opinion it fails to be one. On the other hand, it succeeds to be a good chronic of violence against w...

  • Amalia Gkavea

    ''The crow takes off and flies to the top branches of the monkey puzzle tree. It yells at me from there.'' Three women, three different eras. Sarah, Ruth, Viviane. Witchcraft, abusing relationships...

  • Violet wells

    For me this novel was clumsy, overly contrived and consistently mistakes melodrama for dramatic tension. I couldn't help recalling Virginia Woolf's observations about Jane Eyre, how Charlotte's (femin...

  • Kylie D

    The Bass Rock is an account of the lives of three women, separated by time, whose lives revolve around a small town in Scotland. The three timelines are woven around them, detailing their lives, but I...

  • Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer

    This book was one of the most anticipated of 2020, written seven years after the author’s second novel, which like her first was a prize winner (in this case the Miles Franklin award) and received a...

  • Phrynne

    By the time I reached the end of this book I felt I deserved a medal. The author could not have made it more difficult to read if she had tried. Three separate timelines, too many characters and const...

  • Carole

    The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld takes place over several hundred years. This is the story of three women: Sarah, Ruth and Vivianne. Young Sarah is being persecuted by men who suspect her of being a witch. ...

  • Andy Marr

    I loved and hated this book in equal measure: loved it because of its intelligent writing and excellent characters; hated it because it was just so fucking bleak.There were other issues. For example, ...

  • Beverly

    Fierce feminist tale of how the lives of women are taken and crippled by the violence of men, The Bass Rock (a real rocky island off the coast of Scotland) s a symbol of the indifference and cruelty p...