A RED RIVER
(Virago 1996)


In a strange Paris hotel the proprietress narrates the seductive compulsions of her career; a purser’s wife runs away to sea; and the title novella, set in 19th-century Spain, charts uprising against a British colony. These are stories that blur the line between fiction and history.

‘Liz Heron’s first impressive novella and short stories, A Red River, has Conradian echoes, giving her a voice which is paradoxically humanist and post-modern.’
Scottish Literature, eds.Douglas Gifford, Sarah Dunnigan and Alan MacGillivray, Edinburgh University Press 2002

 

‘Written with a cool authority, this is an impressive debut.’
Judy Cooke, Mail on Sunday

 

‘Liz Heron’s first collection, A Red River, recalls Rose Tremain’s marvellous historical stories although the writing is more pared down, more documentary.’
Giles Gordon, The Times

 

‘Heron, a Scot, has lived in several countries, and her work reflects a nomadic spirit steeped in world literature… intelligent, crafted prose.’
Scotland on Sunday

 

‘Subtle and richly haunting short stories.’
Frances Spalding, TES

Undue Haste

In The Picador Book of Contemporary Scottish Fiction (1997)

Faits Divers, August 1927

In The Minnesota Review,38 no 1

Read Faits Divers, August 1927