My Books - buy here
These are my books which are currently in print. My novel set in Caithness, Call of the Undertow, and Doubling Back: Ten paths trodden in memory were published by Freight Books in 2013 and 2014 (Doubling Back 2015 in paperback as below), and can be purchsed by clicking on the links or from any good book shop.
Three pocket books from my own imprint, 'best foot books' (Whiter than White, The Beat of Heart Stones and Following our Fathers) can be purchased direct from this site, as can my original short story collection, Life Drawing.
Click on The Searching Glance, A Wilder Vein and further titles to go to other websites for sales.
Whiter than White
A story of footsteps, suds and secrets on the Isle of Rum in 1913. Publ. 2009, £4 inc p+p
OUT OF PRINT
The Beat of Heart Stones
a walker falls into step with a dry stone dyke on Schiehallion and hears its story. 2010, £4 inc p+p
'This book brings to life the building process of an old dyke, the history it has witnessed and the life it supported in a brilliantly evocative way. I challenge you not to become involved with these living stones by the end of the journey.' Waller and Dyker magazine, Winter 2010
The Searching Glance
short story collection, published 2008
'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.'
A Wilder Vein
'Here is a book in which 18 writers – poets, novelists, anthropologists and natural historians – visit the uninhabited regions of our crowded little archipelago and meditate on what these places mean; and while individually the results are often sparklingly written and utterly transporting, taken together they also reinforce a point Macfarlane makes in his introduction: that "certain thoughts might be possible only in certain places, such that when we lose those places, we are losing kinds of imagination as well".'
Cailliche, an extract from a longer piece about a 15 day walk following a drove road, anthologised in Cleave: New writing by Women in Scotland, Two Ravens Press, 2008
I have an essay in this best-selling writing guide: Short Circuit is the first textbook written by prize-winning writers for students and more experienced practitioners of the short story. The 288 page guide brings together twenty-four specially-commissioned essays from well-published short story writers who are also prize winners of the toughest short story competitions in the English language.
‘When artists master the art of the short-story, their miniatures may convey a reality as complicated as that of any novel. Linda Cracknell's collection 'Life Drawing' demonstrates her ability to capture moments of emotional intensity, then place them in relation to the characters' past, present and possible future . . . Life Drawing evokes different human existences, but all the stories reveal the author's sympathy with her characters and the lives they have chosen to live.’ Scottish Studies Review
Neil Wilson Publishing, 2000
£7 inc p+p
Following our Fathers: Two Journeys amongst Mountains
Two men make significant journeys on foot, one in Nazi-occupied Norway, 1944, and one in the Swiss Alps, 1952. More than half a century later, the writer finds their routes still ‘way-marked’ by memory. By sharing their footprints, she makes memorials to the men as fathers – one of them her own. Despite the shadow of death and danger, the book celebrates life, family, friendship and walking through mountain landscapes richly textured with stories.
£7 inc p&p