I've been trying to remember where I first heard about The Outlander and for the life of me I can't?
Was it on a prize shortlist?
Was I just browsing and coveting over at House of Anansi Press?
But studying the cover of my copy I see it won The Drummer General's Award which I'd never heard of but check it out here.
The books that should have made the prizelists but didn't, those books that hear the beat of the different drum, one of my favourite analogies first heard here in a poem by Cornish poet Jack Clemo many years ago and I can't even find the words anywhere so that's not much help either. I don't have any of Jack Clemo's poetry and I've browsed every anthology on my shelves to no avail.
Does anyone else know it?
Suddenly I have to read it again...this minute.