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A thin, sour rain is falling on the orchard outside my window, but I thank God for it. In these lean times, it is enough to warrant a fire in my chamber, a small blaze to warm my bones as I scratch out these lines in the gray light of a chill November day. My daughter-in-law Marie, who governs this household, is mean with firewood. The manor is mine, and there would be a decent, if not lavish living to be had for us on these lands if there were a young man or two to work them. But since my son Rob died last year of the bloody flux, a kind of weariness has settled upon me, robbing
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"This book makes everyone's favorite outlaw a lot more interesting; Outlaw is as fast-paced as a charging war-horse. Superb!" –Nelson Demille "An old-fashioned romp… true to the Hood tradition." –The Times (UK) "Angus Donald tells the story through the words of young Alan Dale, but this is a darker, more complex Robin then we tend to remember...A lively and enjoyable book." –The Daily Mail (UK) "Donald's debut...aims to avoid the sentimentality of previos version of the Robin Hood legend...an exciting and credible historical thriller." –Morning Star (UK) "A near perfect book. Gory, exciting, and an insightful interpretation of the Robin Hood mythology. Highly recommended." –The Bookbag (UK)
Angus Donald was born in China in 1965 and educated at Marlborough College and Edinburgh University. He has worked as a fruit-picker in Greece, a waiter in New York and as an anthropologist studying magic and witchcraft in Indonesia. For the past 15 years, he has been a journalist in Hong Kong, India, Afghanistan and London.