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The small island of Fidra off Scotland's East Lothian coast is the powerful inspiration for THE RECKONING. Fidra is said to have been the model for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. I used to have family holidays in the nearby town of North Berwick. It is a charming place and I am still a regular visitor. If I visit during the summer months I always take a boat trip out towards Fidra. It's now an RSPB nature reserve but I rather changed its use for the purposes of THE RECKONING.

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These are day and evening shots of Fidra taken from the lovely beach that runs along from North Berwick all the way to the golden sands of Yellowcraigs, a local nature reserve. From the beach at Yellowcraigs there is a very close view of Fidra. So close you feel you can touch her. In these photographs, you can just make out the Fidra lighthouse where some hair-raising action takes place in THE RECKONING.

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This is North Berwick as seen from the top of Berwick Law - 613 feet high - taken just before sunset. The whale's jaw bone that forms the arch is a striking feature. In THE RECKONING, my main character, Miller McAllister, climbs Berwick Law as child.