Author, Mhairead MacLeod


by Mhairead MacLeod

Set against the evocative backdrop of the Hebrides and based on a true story, The False Men is a compelling tale of compassion, friendship and love in violent times, a story that resonates today.

“Mhairead MacLeod passionately and evocatively tells a story of a community split by status, privilege and power, and the personal story of one woman’s courageous struggle to resist social pressure and choose her own path, a struggle which will resonate with readers today.”
– Stornoway Gazette
“The False Men shines a light on the personal stories of those impacted by the violence perpetrated on families by their landlords and neighbours in a period of Scottish history that devastated communities, split families and depopulated huge swathes of the country.”
– The Scotsman
Hand holding the book, The False Men
Author, Mhairead MacLeod
Hand holding the book, The False Men

About the Author

Mhairead MacLeod was born in Scotland and now lives in Australia. She practised as a lawyer before becoming a full-time writer.

Her novel, The False Men, won and was short-listed for, two national manuscript awards before being acquired by ThunderPoint Publishing (UK) in 2017.

Her latest historical novel is set for release in 2023. Before being acquired for publication, the manuscript won and was short-listed for, two national and international screenwriting awards.


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2018 BOOK BLOG TOUR for The False Men

27 August  2 September


28 September 2017, 6pm INVERNESS

WATERSTONES, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness, Scotland

5 October 2017, 7pm LOCHMADDY

TAIGH CHEARSABHAGH MUSEUM & ARTS CENTRE, Lochmaddy, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

12 October 2017, 7pm GLASGOW

WATERSTONES, 351-355 Byres Road, Glasgow, Scotland

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