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The Lost Chart

The Lost Chart by Neil M Gunn
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A novel of suspense and mature reflection set in Glasgow in the late 1940's. The main character, a shipping executive, finds himself enmeshed in the world of espionage and intrigue in a sinister conflict involving the British Secret Service and a communist fifth column. It is the beginning of the Cold War and the threat of imminent disaster is real and frightening. The chart that is lost covers the approaches to a remote Hebridean island of strategic importance for the defence of the West. For the shipping executive, there is another lost chart, the search for which, in metaphorical terms, is a quest for an imaginative spiritual renewal based on the traditions and way of life of the old Celtic communities of the Western Isles. The double quest leads to stimulating conversations of remarkable insight and metaphysical depth, and to scenes of gripping physical violence both ashore and at sea. All this takes the reader on an absorbing and enlightening search for 'the lost chart'. The novel has a strange relevance to the events of today. The battle against international terrorism, the fear of global recession and the decline in adherence to established religious beliefs are symptoms, albeit in a different guise, of an uneasiness with regard to world stability and prospects for the long-term future.
Soft Editions; June 2003
440 pages; ISBN 9781843500629
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Title: The Lost Chart
Author: Neil M Gunn