Across The Narrow Sea By Sam Hanna Bell [Storytellers] [Radio Ulster]

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0120200704Douglas Henshall reads Sam Hanna Bell's iconic novel set in 17th-century Ulster.

Drama from Radio Ulster.

Neil Gilchrist, failed law student and penniless younger son leaves home to seek his fortune in London. A chance encounter with a peasant family, the MacIlveens, fleeing persecution at the hands of a greedy landlord changes his destiny. Neil defends the family from a murderous reiver, Lachie Dubh then joins them as they journey across the narrow sea to Ulster, to begin a new life in a new land.

022020070520200711 (RU)After a perilous journey across the narrow sea, Neil and the MacIlveens make their way to the settlement established by Kenneth Echlin, the Laird of Ravara, a soldier, returned from Virginia. The MacIlveens are given a house and land to work. Neil is offered employment, it seems he has made a favourable impression on the Laird, though not on his wife, Seraphina.

Douglas Henshall reads Sam Hanna Bell's iconic novel set in 17th-century Ulster.

Drama from Radio Ulster.

0220200711After a perilous journey across the narrow sea, Neil and the MacIlveens make their way to the settlement established by Kenneth Echlin, the Laird of Ravara, a soldier, returned from Virginia. The MacIlveens are given a house and land to work. Neil is offered employment, it seems he has made a favourable impression on the Laird, though not on his wife, Seraphina.

Douglas Henshall reads Sam Hanna Bell's iconic novel set in 17th-century Ulster.

Drama from Radio Ulster.

0320200718As Neil becomes a valued member of the isolated community at Ravara, the Laird sets him a task, to help Echlin advance his ambitions for the future. The MacIlveens look to their neighbours when their lives and property are threatened. An attack on an elderly woman will have dangerous consequences, and when Neil dares to disagree with her, he learns that Lady Echlin is not a woman to be crossed.

Douglas Henshall reads Sam Hanna Bell's iconic novel set in 17th-century Ulster.

Drama from Radio Ulster.

0420200725Neil must turn his thought to devils and sorcery when he is charged with the defense of an elderly woman, the Rushin Coatie, accused of witchcraft. Trouble comes to the McIlveen’s door, when the Miskimmons level an accusation against their son Sorley. The murderous reiver, Lachie Dubh, who has crossed the narrow sea from Scotland, threatens the security of the community at Ravara.

Douglas Henshall reads Sam Hanna Bell's iconic novel set in 17th-century Ulster.

Drama from Radio Ulster.

0520200801
0520200801As Neil’s feelings for his Laird’s daughter, Anne, grow deeper – the community at Ravara readies itself for the arrival of an important visitor – the King’s Lord Deputy, Sir Arthur Chichester. A suspicious Lady Echlin take steps to ensure there can be no attachment between Neil and Anne, and Neil must once again cross swords with the deadly reiver, Lachie Dubh

Douglas Henshall reads Sam Hanna Bell\u2019s iconic novel set in 17th-century Ulster.

Drama from Radio Ulster.

0520200801As Neil’s feelings for his Laird’s daughter, Anne, grow deeper – the community at Ravara readies itself for the arrival of an important visitor – the King’s Lord Deputy, Sir Arthur Chichester. A suspicious Lady Echlin take steps to ensure there can be no attachment between Neil and Anne, and Neil must once again cross swords with the deadly reiver, Lachie Dubh

Neil\u2019s feelings for his Laird\u2019s daughter, Anne, grow deeper.

Drama from Radio Ulster.

0620200808
0620200808As the MacIlveens sow and reap and marry with their neighbours, Neil’s work at Ravara brings the Echlins profit and security – but Lady Seraphina is determined that a penniless second son is no match for her daughter. When Neil is shown the road back to the narrow sea, forbidden to even send a letter of farewell, Anne takes action. News from Scotland offers the promise of a very different future.

Douglas Henshall reads Sam Hanna Bell\u2019s iconic novel set in 17th-century Ulster.

Drama from Radio Ulster.

0620200808As the MacIlveens sow and reap and marry with their neighbours, Neil’s work at Ravara brings the Echlins profit and security – but Lady Seraphina is determined that a penniless second son is no match for her daughter. When Neil is shown the road back to the narrow sea, forbidden to even send a letter of farewell, Anne takes action. News from Scotland offers the promise of a very different future.

The MacIlveens sow and reap and marry with their neighbours.

Drama from Radio Ulster.