`The Searching Glance' is the long-awaited second collection from one of Scotland's leading short story writers. The worlds inhabited by the characters in these stories are diverse - a hill walker is unknowingly watched over as he lies dying on a Highland hill; a Glasgow party-goer searches years later for a woman who may have mistaken him for a monster; a mysterious prize is sought in the perpetual daylight of midsummer Orkney. Whether it is in a suburban garden or on the stark skyline of a Borders hill, the landscape and seasonal extremes provoke and unsettle.
Linda Cracknell's stories are multi-layered and brooding with longing and loss, allowing the reader a `searching glance' at characters' lives. With touches of the surreal and hard strokes of reality, these stories will linger in the mind.
Linda Cracknell has been a teacher of English in Zanzibar, worked for environmental charity WWF, and was writer-in-residence at Hugh MacDiarmid's last home near Biggar. She now lives in Highland Perthshire. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines and journals, been broadcast on BBC Radio, and was previously collected in Life Drawing, published in 2000. She writes drama for BBC Radio Four and is now writing essays about walks which follow human stories in 'wild' places.