Some questions for book clubs…………………
If you are reading Unearthed in a virtual book club, why not leave a message for Emma via the contact form and see if she can drop in to answer your questions…
- Unearthed has two narrative voices, Morag and Maria. Did you have a favourite and why?
- Who was your favourite character in the novel?
- How much did you know about this period of history and the events of the novel before you read it? What did you find most interesting about the history of the book?
- Unearthed is a novel about power, empowerment and disempowerment. Discuss.
- The novel starts with a quote by John Stuart Mill: ‘A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.’ To what extent is this explored in Unearthed? Do you agree with this quote in general?
- Fanny and the well-meaning Famine Relief Board decide to use their funds to support emigration of people living in the Highlands. Do you think this was a good idea?
- Unearthed is full of folklore and superstition. Which was your favourite aspect of this in the novel? Would you describe yourself as superstitious?
- What did you think of the ending of the novel? Were you satisfied or dissatisfied with how it ended?
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