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This is the story of Raasay and its people in the inter-war years, told through the eyes of someone who loved this island intimately. It provides a fascinating glimpse of a lost way of life, when Gaelic language and traditions once had stronghold and when crofting held a much more dominant position. Raasay is one of the least known jewels of the Hebrides. Sheltered by Skye to the west, this side of the island contrasts with the stark grandeur of the eastern cliffs and valleys which lie under the spectacular mountain Dun Caan. It is here that the cleared townships of Hallaig, Suishnish and Screapadal, made famous by the poet Sorley Maclean who is perhaps Raasay's most famous son, are to be found.
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John Nicolson was born on Raasay and lived there until he left to join the Merchant Navy in 1941, and subsequently worked for BP. He retired in 1980 and spent a great deal of effort working on behalf of the Gaelic Society of London.Review:
"For all that, there is no sentimentalising, no false reverence, no suggestion of a seamless society or a tensionless Golden Age. John writes as a member of a community in which individuals - and what resolute individuals these men and women were - are allowed their virtues, their foibles and their quirks of personality. He is realistic, often playful, but he is never demeaning. These are his kinsfold and his people. -John MacInnes
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Book Description Birlinn Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111841582220
Book Description Birlinn Ltd, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1841582220