"...I got the impression that they could imagine only two reasons why a woman should choose to settle down in Bruach: either that she was running away from the police, or escaping from a lurid past." Neither reason applies to Lillian Beckwith, in this memoir of her convalescence on an isolated Hebridean island where "even the sheeps on the hills ...
"...I got the impression that they could imagine only two reasons why a woman should choose to settle down in Bruach: either that she was running away from the police, or escaping from a lurid past." Neither reason applies to Lillian Beckwith, in this memoir of her convalescence on an isolated Hebridean island where "even the sheeps on the hills is lonely". On Bruach island, she observes, muses at and joins the native crofters in their unique rhythm of life; where friends fistfight in the evening and discuss bruises the next morning; where the taxi-driver is also the lorry driver, coal merchant and undertaker; where the locals don't remove their hats during a funeral so their heads won't get cold; and where the post-office's 'opening hours' fit around the daily milking of cows and not the other way round! In a series of vividly drawn sketches, taking in birth, death, marriage and the seasons of life, Lillian Beckwith's writing is shot through with warm, cozy affection and droll wit.
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Another wonderful and entertaining book. Lillian Beckwith brings to life the many facets and quirks of Hebridean life! I have always loved her books.
Mar 21, 2013
A book written obviously for the England and Scotland market. The book provides a humourous and interesting insight into the
Northern Islands. Great fun!!
Sep 28, 2009
For the armchair traveller
I first read this series of books about 40 years ago and was reminded about them when I watched a recent bbc series called Crowdie and Cream, set on Harris in the Hebrides. These books transport you to Bruach, The gentle humour and the wonderful characters and events will welcome you into the pages. If you enjoy such as Larkrise to Candleford and Cranford novels,then you wont be disappoined in Lillian Beckwiths tales of her life as a crofter.
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