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Flora Fraser

Tuesday 19th September 2023

Topping & Company Booksellers of St Andrews, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9HG
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Flora Fraser on Pretty Young Rebel

This autumn we will be joined by Flora Fraser for a special paperback event on her critically-acclaimed biography of the incredible Jacobite Flora MacDonald, Pretty Young Rebel. Both a Spectator and a Scotsman Book of 2022, it is sure to be a thrill for all history lovers to hear Flora enlighten and engage on this underappreciated figure of the Jacobite rebellion.

The year is 1746.

The Jacobite rebellion has failed catastrophically and Scotland is reeling in the devastating aftermath of the battle of Culloden. Far to the west, on an island in the Outer Hebrides, twenty-four-year-old Flora Macdonald is woken in the dead of night by a messenger with urgent intelligence. Bonnie Prince Charlie is outside, begging for her help. With Flora's assistance, the Stuart prince is disguised as an Irish maid and smuggled to the Isle of Skye, evading government troops. Flora's bravery and determination will see her immortalised in ballads and proclaimed a Scottish heroine. But her efforts also result in her capture and detention in London. Released the following year and returning to Skye, Flora goes on to marry and emigrate to North Carolina, only then to be caught up in the American Revolutionary War.