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