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Edinburgh, 1736.

In the town’s grim prison, the Heart of Midlothian, two prisoners await execution.

Captain Porteous of the Town Guard has been sentenced to death for ordering his soldiers to open fire on Edinburgh citizens. He hopes for reprieve. The people want revenge.

Effie Deans, wrongly accused of killing her newborn baby, will die unless her sister, Jeanie, tells a lie. Jeanie, determined to save her sister, makes a terrifying journey as Effie’s life hangs in the balance.

Will the two prisoners get the justice they deserve?

©2012 Margaret Elphinstone (P)2014 Margaret Elphinstone

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Walter Scott's finest novel ... in forty minutes

It's a bold attempt to abridge such a powerful story in 40 minutes.

Heart of Midlothian is a story of an assumed infanticide at the hands of the bairn's young mother who was herself condemened to die, a sister who would not perjure herself in a court of law and yet walks to London to plead before the Queen for her sister's life. In this she was successful.

I believe Heart of Midlothian was based on a true story.

It's a story about values-led decision making. Too often we make our decisions based on who is right and not what is right. The sister (the heroine) would not perjure herself (what is right) and yet walked to London and saved that same sister's life (what is right). What is right; not who is right.

I think it's Walter Scott's finest novel. In this abridged 'shrink-wrapped' version not only is there a powerful speech before the Queen, but the heroine of the novel makes a good case against capital punishment. There is a historical subplot, but the action is centred on how we might live our lives. What is right -not who is right.

It would be wonderful to have an unabridged recording of Heart of Midlothian available on Audible.