Argyll author shares memories of sea and spider-silk

Leoni Charlton

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‘Marram is a story about love – love for a string of windswept islands, for their people and wildlife, for a couple of shaggy ponies and for a lost parent.’ – John Keay, writer and historian.

From the southern tip of Barra to the ancient stone circle of Callanish, Leonie and her friend Shuna ride off the beaten track on their beloved Highland ponies, Ross and Chief.

In deeply poetic prose, the narrator not only describes the beauties of the Hebridean landscape, its spare, penetrating light and its people, but also confronts the ghost of her mother and their deeply fractured relationship.

Leonie Charlton travelled extensively as a child, living in England, Ghana, Wales and Scotland. She has worked as a cowgirl in Australia, an English teacher in Japan, and her degree in Hispanic Studies took her to Catalonia for two years.

In 1998 she settled in Glen Lonan, Argyll. Marram is her first full length book although her fiction and poetry have appeared widely in magazines.

Signed copies of Marram will be available to buy online from Waterstones – we’ll be sure to share information on availability across social media – but in the meantime, you can pick up an unsigned copy by ordering from

Publishers, Sandstone Press would like to say a huge thank you to Waterstones and Oban Distillery for all their support for Leonie’s book.