A moving debut novel about a boy coping with the loss of his mother in the Highlands is being released next week.
The Boy and the Eagle is the moving debut novel by Charles Williams.
It tells how a teenage boy copes – and fails to cope – with the death of his mother from cancer, and his relationship with his father. Nature, the glorious Highlands in Scotland, fishing and the family dog, Sam, are Luke’s consolations. However, he learns that eagles can hunt dogs.
The book is a meditation on love and loss.
One of its features is beautiful description of landscapes in Scotland, in a style which is both attractive and original. Bereavement is another major theme.
Detailed descriptions of fishing in Scotland and the country’s eagles play an important role in the story.
In it, Charles writes:
I thought about the first time I saw a golden eagle, two days before with Jez when we were fishing:
I look: the eagle flights its course between mountains. Suddenly deliberate, silently monstrous – close: thirty yards away. Rotating. A suspended sculpture, wings meet the sun and a shield of burnt sand gleams back. Six feathers – fingers – on the end of each wing pin the bird in the blue. Hunting, it masters space and the valley.
The 50-year-old author has had many jobs including the military and working in information technology. He lives in London.
The Boy and the Eagle, published by Psychology News Press, will be available from July 17.