Swim the Moon by Paul Brandon

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A haunting tale of love, music, and magic on the stormy coast of Scotland.

After the loss of his wife, Scottish fiddle player Richard Brennan moves to Australia to escape the ghosts of his former life. Six years later, he returns for his father's funeral and decides to remain in his father's desolate cottage in the north of Scotland, gathering together the threads of his former life, scratching out a living playing music.

Then Richard meets Ailish, the enigmatic young woman who's ethereal singing haunts the bay by moonlight.

As their relationship builds, the secrets of his family's past are brought to light, one by one, leaving them to confront a history that is both terrifying and fantastic-a legacy that may well cost Richard his soul.

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About Paul Brandon

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Paul Brandon was born in the middle of a hop field in darkest Kent, England. The first book he remembers being read to him was The Hobbit, closely followed by The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark. He went on to work in film and television production. The majority of his work was within commercials, but he also worked on documentaries, a few Barbara Walters Specials, pop music videos and the occasional movie.He met his future wife Julie in an Irish pub in London, and six months later, he decided to pack up and move to Brisbane, Australia to be with her. After a couple of years in Australia, he took a month or so to write Swim the Moon, which was a little idea that came to him while listening to a Celtic fiddle tune during tea on a Sunday evening. When he's not writing, Brandon can be found playing guitar for Súnas, a Celtic band that can be caught on most weekends playing in some pub or another around the Brisbane area, where Paul and Julie reside.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Tor Books. 388 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Alone in the isolated bothy (cottage) alive with ghosts, Brennan fears for his sanity, his mind tormented by ghastly visions of the sodden corpses of his forefathers, but eventually his psychic wounds start to heal.

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