The Last Bear

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A novel set in 1000AD in a fictionalised version of Assynt, in the northwest Highlands of Scotland, and on Orkney. It imagines how the last brown bear was killed in Scotland, and places the extinction event within a time of cultural upheaval when the indigenous pre-Christian tradition was squeezed out between Christianity from the south and the Norse. Its main characters reflect these three cultures - Brigid, a native shamanic medicine woman; Bjorn, a Norse settler; and Margaret his Christian Scot wife. The novel won the Robin Jenkins Literary Award in 2009.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUllapool
PublisherTwo Ravens Press
Number of pages200
ISBN (Electronic)B07VQMS12L
ISBN (Print)9781906120160
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • bears
  • Historical Fiction
  • novel
  • Viking
  • Scotland
  • religion
  • extinction
  • shamanism


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