now lives in the Highlands, on the Black Isle.
has also lived on the Isle of Arran and spent six years on the Isle of Skye.
She graduated from Bristol University and trained as an actress at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
For eight years she
pursued an acting career, the highlight of which was appearing on stage at the National Theatre with Geraldine McEwan, TV's Miss Marple.
The lowlight was playing a fairy for four rainy months in an open-air production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Regent's Park.
Whilst under-employed at the National Theatre, Linda accidentally became a freelance journalist and wrote light-hearted articles for magazines, many based on her semi-self-sufficient "Good Life" in rural Cambridgeshire.
For twelve years she
had a humorous column in IDEAL HOME about family life. (Her children, now adult, are still trying to live it down.)
two careers concurrently for a while, then decided to give up acting to focus on journalism and raising a family.
At the age of 40 she
re-trained as a primary teacher and taught in Norfolk specialising in English and Art.
decided to re-think her
career yet again after she
was assaulted by a disturbed pupil.
The re-think entailed giving up teaching and downshifting to Skye, realising a long-held dream to move to the Highlands and write full-time.
For six years Linda
lived on a hillside overlooking the Cuillins, a mountain range featured in her
first novel, EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY.
is available for readings, talks and workshops and has written Reading Group Guides for some of her
books. (Email her
if you'd like free copies.)
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pictured with her
treatment for cancer.
LINDA GILLARD: HEARTS AND CRAFTS AND INDEPENDENCE
I've just finished EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY, the third of Linda Gillard's
novels I've read and enjoyed - the others being HOUSE OF SILENCE and UNTYING THE KNOT.
writes about imperfection: her
characters are always human and frequently haunted (in UNTYING THE KNOT literally so).
writing veers from high comedy to pathos to tragedy and back again.
stories are sustained by the beauty of the descriptions of the landscapes and by the vigour of the sparky dialogue.
is popular because women, grown-up women, are her
focus - and grown-up women are looking for grown-up books which will engage them and satisfy them.
Commentators on Facebook even weigh up which of her
imperfect yet chivalrous heroes, is their favourite.
EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY's Calum for me, by the way ...
So far ...
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