Selkirk of the Fethan

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“Selkirk of the Fethan” by Malcolm Archibald is the final novel in his trilogy about a Scots Border lad going off to the Boer War. This volume starts with his irregular horse group of Reivers manning a blockhouse, part of…

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“Selkirk of the Fethan” by Malcolm Archibald is the final novel in his trilogy about a Scots Border lad going off to the Boer War. This volume starts with his irregular horse group of Reivers manning a blockhouse, part of the strategy that eventually ground down the Boers, before being sent on a mission to intercept an intrusion by a foreign power. They are also involved in rescuing Boer friends from a concentration camp, and running against a wild bandit group, before the war ends and they return home. The adventures and surprises continue, but it would spoil the plot if I told you too much. Malcolm Archibald combines the expertise of a first-rate historian with the story-telling skills to make history come alive, in the long tradition of eminent Scottish writers. Scott, Stevenson and Buchan spring to mind, though Malcolm had a delayed start. In 2005 Malcolm Archibald won the Dundee International Book Prize for “Whales for the Wizard”, published by Polygon: the decision was partly decided by the votes of book-reading groups.