The Glorious Thing

Time for Tea

Christine Orr’s forgotten classic The Glorious Thing is one of the projects selected by this year’s MSc Publishing students.

The students will publish under the imprint Merchiston Publishing – the publishing arm of the Scottish Centre for the Book and Edinburgh Napier University.

Orr’s The Glorious Thing is set on the home front in Edinburgh. It is a coming of age novel, a bildungsroman, based around our heroine Marion Sutherland and her struggle to find a place in a rapidly changing society. It explores the moral and social implications of the First World War on the day-to-day lives of the city’s residents. The main focus is on the changing roles of women and how they navigate their way through this difficult time.

Often funny, sometimes tragic, this beautifully written work gives the reader an eye-opening account of life in wartime Edinburgh.

Our new edition hopes to bring this forgotten work to the forefront of Scottish literature. The Glorious Thing will place Christine Orr where she fully deserves to be – an important contributor to the Scottish Renaissance of the early twentieth century.

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