- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (1 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841588520
- ISBN-13: 978-1841588520
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Banner in the West: A Spiritual History of Lewis and Harris Paperback – 1 Jun 2010
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A deeply stimulating and gripping study. --The Scotsman
The Free Church should be proud of John. --The Sunday Herald
an astute and refined body of work...The reader need have no interest in religion to appreciate the amusing anecdotes... invigorating...The vast amount of research involved shines through every page... --The West Highland Free Press --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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PRAISE FOR JOHN MACLEOD's PREVIOUS BOOKS
No Great Mischief If You Fall - The Highland Experience (Mainstream Publishing Ltd., Edinburgh, 1993.)
"Much of this is gripping and puts one in mind of Tom Wolfe and the `New Journalism' in America." (Northern Times)
Highlanders - A History of the Gaels (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1996; Sceptre paperback 1997.)
"An important and stimulating book by a gifted stylist." (The Herald)
"Wonderfully written and presented... Enjoyable to read; the movement of the chapters is fast and clearly defined... John MacLeod is a brilliant writer with a gift for words that others can only envy." (Stornoway Gazette)
"An insider's view of Highland history. The choice of material is easily read and obviously flows from the pen of a master wordsmith. His cultural observations are excellent." (Shetland Radio)
Dynasty - A History of the Stuarts 1560-1807 (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1999; Sceptre paperback 2000; American edition by St Martin's Press, New York, 2001.)
"A rattling good work of history." (Good Book Guide)
"MacLeod's book is a delight, bringing to life the eccentric characters who used to rule Britain. Factual, well-researched, and enlivened by the author's humorous commentary." (Star)
"Dynasty is a well-oiled gateway to an understanding of the period." (Catholic Herald)
"[MacLeod] exposes the buffoons that once ruled Scotland... yet, with great adroitness, he is able to argue that the Stuarts - for all their incompetence - still managed to bequeath a legacy that was to prove historically significant." (Mid Anglia Business Weekly)
"MacLeod writes vivid prose that does much to diminish the barrier of time. MacLeod's writing is as entertaining as it is informed." (Caledonia)
"MacLeod [is a] lucid, concise, extremely readable, wry and sardonically humorous author." (The Scotsman) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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As someone born in Lancashire and with roots in Wigan where people, closely knit families and characters were the bedrock of the local society, I identified with the author's insight and meticulous passion for the folk in Lewis and Harris and how he shrewdly describes their characteristics. Macleod gives winsome and detailed if sometimes potentially controversial observations about local figures, while his evidence on evangelical authors and preachers like A.W. Pink and revivalist Duncan Campbell make fascinating reading.
Many topics of Christian belief and practise are woven into the book, and I was left with a renewed respect for the beauty of the Sabbath; psalm singing; and the loving holiness which is the back bone of much of the Reformed faith practised in many of the churches in Lewis and Harris. The author though first of all puts the islands in their ancient context of celtic and norse influence and culture in a way which kindles the imagination, while more recently the relationship with the U.K. mainland during the last few centuries seems to have been a bitter sweet one.
This book though is no heavy read. I loved Macleod's leavening of his writing with a pithy wit which makes this such an excellent book.Read more ›