Shetland-born writer Malachy Tallack’s life-affirming debut novel of love, loss and grief on the outer edge of the British Isles has drawn comparisons with two other great Shetland writers; Mackay Brown and Crichton Smith. In The Valley at the Centre of the World a resilient and rooted community forged in thin soil and harsh weather comes face-to-face with the modern world. It’s a precisely crafted, vivid and tender work about the isolation of islanders, tradition, what is passed down and what is not.

Chaired by Adrian Pitches, BBC Newcastle

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