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By Ian Runcie

Copyright 2011 Ian Runcie

Smashwords Edition

Smashwords Edition, License Notes

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Front cover design by author. Photograph from Werner Forman Archive, London: rock carvings at Vitlycke Museum, Bohulslän.

Dedicated to Hannah: may the birds fly back soon.

Thanks to my family for their encouragement. Also to Jan Bowman, Vanessa Brown and Hazel Phelan for their proof-reading skills and many helpful suggestions. Other acknowledgements and explanations have been moved to the back for the ebook version.

This book is also available in print at most online retailers ISBN: 9781412026284.

The Ring stands there like a multi-faceted mirror. When you look at it you see fragments of yourself.”

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