The Literature of
Orkney and Shetland

Rock Bound

Rock Bound

By Jessie M.E. Saxby
Researcher: Mark Smith
Writer: Robert Alan Jamieson

Jessie M.E. Saxby’s Rock Bound was published in 1877, and is only the second novel by a Shetland author. In it we hear Inga Henderson, a young upper-class woman from the fictional island of Vaalafiel, tell the story of her rather traumatic life. The story includes smuggling, murder, a mysterious underground passage, shipwrecks, and a parent secretly imprisoned in a European lunatic asylum. An online edition of Rock Bound can be found at

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