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The Blackhouse

By Peter May

The Blackhouse
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2012,
    368 pages.
    Paperback: 5 Aug 2014,
    501 pages.

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The Isle of Lewis

Outer Hebrides IslandsIf you look at a map of the United Kingdom, you'll find Scotland at the top and, to the west, a cluster of islands which are known as the Hebrides (pronounced heb-ree-dees). The islands are split into two groups - the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides. The islands in the Inner Hebrides lie close to the Scottish mainland, so close that a number of them are indistinguishable from the mainland in the map to the left. The Outer Hebrides are the chain of islands that lie further to the west, about 40 miles from the mainland; they stretch about 130 miles from top to bottom. Of the approximate 65 islands in the group, 15 are inhabited with a population of about 26,000, most of whom live on the Island of Lewis and Harris, which is the large island at the north of the chain. The northern, and most populated part of this island, is known as the Isle of Lewis; the southern part as the Isle of Harris. The Isle of Lewis is the setting for Peter May's novel, The Blackhouse.

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