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The Hill of the Red Fox

Allan Campbell McLean


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Range: Kelpies Paperback 336 pages 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 9781782502067 Publication date: 16th July 2015
It's the Cold War. Soviet spies are feared, and secrets are traded. People disappear.

Thirteen-year-old Alasdair, from London, knows nothing about spies and secrets.

On his way to claim a croft on the Isle of Skye left to him in his father's will, a stranger slips him a mysterious note before leaping from a moving train.

Could this note lead him to discover more about his unknown father -- the former military hero? Or is it just a cruel hoax?

Gradually adjusting to the tough life on Skye, Alasdair is not prepared for the web of danger and espionage that unfolds around him. Can he trust anyone on the island?


'Allan Campbell McLean's classic thriller is as exciting today as it was fifty years ago.'
-- Jane Sandell, The Scotsman

'This is a boy's adventure book. It is set on Skye in Scotland and brilliantly brings to life the islands, countryside and people. It is nicely paced and the adventures in it are a cross between Enid Blyton and a young Bond.'
-- Sophie, age 13, Education Otherwise, June 2006

'Allan Campbell McLean set a standard for thrillers for young readers and The Hill of the Red Fox has stood the test of time remarkably well.'
-- School Librarian, Summer 2006

'A magnificent adventure story. It recalls Stevenson and Buchan ... The reader should be swept away by the swift narrative, the splendid vision and the magical atmosphere of Skye which pervades the story."
-- Times Literary Supplement

'It is an espionage thriller strongly influenced by The Thirty-Nine Steps ... The crofting environment is integral to the action, with sympathetic descriptions of communal activities such as peat gathering, mackerel fishing and sheep shearing.'
-- Treasure Islands: A guide to Scottish fiction for young readers aged 10-14, Summer 2003

'One of my favourite childhood books ... This is an altogether superior spy story.'
-- Allan Campbell

Hill of the Red Fox


Allan Campbell McLean was born in 1922. After World War Two he wrote about his experiences of war in his pacifist novel The Glass House, and then turned his attention wholly to writing. He is the author of the children’s books The Master of Morgana, The Hill of the Red Fox, Storm over Skye and A Sound of Trumpets.

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