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An unenviable mission: Clear, by Carys Davies, reviewed

It is 1843, the year of the Great Disruption in the Scottish Church, and an impoverished minister is being paid to clear a lonely North Sea island of any remaining inhabitants

9 March 2024

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9 March 2024

9:00 AM

Clear Carys Davies

Granta, pp.160, 12.99

Carys Davies grew up in Newport, south Wales but her novels have been set in 19th- century Pennsylvania (West, 2018), contemporary Ooty in India (The Mission House, 2020) and now a small island off the north coast of Scotland in 1843. Her short stories have been set variously in the Australian outback and Siberia.

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