Neil Munro Para Handy

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Para Handy

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Para Handy has been sailing his way into the affections of generations of Scots since he first weighed anchor in the pages of the Glasgow Evening News nearly a hundred years ago. The master mariner and his crew—Dougie the mate, Macphail the engineer, Sunny Jim and the Tar—all play their part in evoking the irresistible atmosphere of a bygone age when puffers sailed between West Highland ports and the great city of Glasgow. This definitive edition contains all three collections published in the author's lifetime, as well as a new story never previously published which was discovered in 2001. Extensive notes accompany each story, providing fascinating insights into colloquialisms, place-names and historical events. This volume also includes a wealth of contemporary photographs, depicting the harbors, steamers and puffers from the age of the Vital Spark.

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Neil Munro was born in 1863. He followed a career in journalism, eventually becoming editor of the Glasgow Evening News. He achieved great success as a poet and novelist, writing masterpieces of historical fiction such as John Splendid and The New Road as well as the humorous tales of Erchie and Jimmy Swan. Neil Munro died in 1930. Brian Osborne and Ronald Armstrong have written and edited numerous books, including the Erchie and Jimmy Swann stories. They also edited Echoes of the Sea: A Scottish Sea Anthology, Mungo's City: A Glasgow Anthology, Cradle of the Scots: An Argyll Anthology and Wicked Men and Fools: A Scottish Crime Anthology (all published by Birlinn). Brian Osborne has also written three biographies, including The Ingenious Mr Bell: A Life of Henry Bell. Brian lives in Kirkintilloch and Ronnie in Cardross.

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'... will delight readers old and new' - Scots Magazine 'A fine collection from Birlinn... really well-presented, introduced and edited... light-hearted but exemplary in scholarship... a delightful large volume' - Douglas Gifford, Books in Scotland

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