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The Girl on the Ferryboat [Kindle Edition]

Angus Peter Campbell
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

I loved her from the moment I saw her, and that love has never wavered. It has encased every choice I have ever made, and I have never done anything in my life which didn’t involve her image somewhere… I’m so sorry for it all

This is the latest English-language novel from award-winning Gaelic poet, novelist, journalist, broadcaster and actor, Angus Peter Campbell, and the first to be published simultaneously in Gaelic and English.

Vividly evoked Scottish tale of chance encounters and of family memories, regret, love and loss.

Combines myth, music and linguistics to recount the memory of a hazy summer’s day on the Isle of Mull.


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'exceptionally good novel. It is among the best pieces of narrative literary fiction to have emerged from Scotland in the 21st century, in any language.' 'an extraordinary achievement, by the increasingly excellent and advernturous Luath Press...and by Angus Peter himself' 'beautifully written' '[can] be read simply as a love story' 'the gorgeous bittersweet tone' REVIEW ON BOOKS Scotland will play host to a literary first later this month with the simultaneous publication of a novel in both English and Gaelic. SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY APC says I wrote them both simultaneously in the sense that I would write bits in one language then either do the same again - but differently - in the other language, or write a bit in one language then move on to write the next bit in the other language. SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY APC says Like a jigsaw or a zig-zag, one field of language would often then open up a surprising and unexpected gate into the other language. I think that in itself provided a dynamism which was very interesting. SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY APC said that his biggest challenge was "making sure that nothing was a mere wooden translation from one language to the other." SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY Unlikely but memorable love story. DAILY MAIL --.

About the Author

Angus Peter Campbell lives in Skye, and has previously published a number of works in Gaelic. In 2001, he was awarded the Bardic Crown for Gaelic Poetry, as well as the Creative Scotland Award. His Gaelic novel An Oidhche Mus do Sheol Sinn (The Night Before We Sailed) was included in The List 100 Best Scottish Books of All Time. As well as being an author, Campbell has also worked in newspapers, radio and film, with a leading role in the Gaelic language feature film, Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 628 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Luath Press (13 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EN8OV1O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous literature 22 Oct. 2013
By Winnie
Format:Hardcover
This book is simply great literature. Sometimes folk think that needs to be complicated and difficult: the wonderful thing about this book is that it shines with simplicity. It's essentially a love story but more importantly for me it raise the (important) question of 'ageism' in our world, and how all people - now matter how 'old' they are - can love and need to be loves. I have visited the Scottish Highlands several times and this novel made me fall in love all over again with the people, the culture and the landscapes there. Many books are mistakenly labelled 'classics'- for me what makes a 'classic' is a beautifully-written book which remains alive in your mind and heart after you've read it. It's a couple of weeks since I read this - twice - and the stories and characters have walked with me day and night since. Whatever else you read these days, read this gorgeous book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read 17 Oct. 2013
By MaryC
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down.
I found it easy to read-such beautiful prose.
I love the way the writer switches from personal experiences to detailed references and descriptions of objects and places.As I could identify with some of the memories & cultural identities in the book,I found the descriptions so vivid and real. Its a story of regret,love & loss and many times I had a tear in my eyes.Its also a wonderful mature emotional exposition of life and its ups & downs and coping mechanisms.
I can't wait to read his next novels.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Novel of Life and Love 1 Nov. 2013
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The narrator of this story is Alexander (Alasdair) from his perspective when an old man looking back on the lives and experiences that have affected him. As a young Oxford philosophy graduate, he is returning home on a ferry up the Sound of Mull. On a stairway he brushes against a young woman with 'dark, curly hair, and freckles and a smile as bonny as the machair'. For him, it was love at first sight. She speaks a few words to him. Her name is Helen, a Glasgow ecology graduate. He does not see her again yet she dominates his thoughts for decades. She is travelling home after visiting friends in Edinburgh. Her mind is preoccupied by the loss of her violin, a family heirloom. She talks to her mother about the violin and the drowning of her father when she was 5 years old. Mother says, 'When we lose something it always goes somewhere. Nothing ever just dissolves'.

His reminiscences cover periods between childhood and older age switching back and forth taking detours through others' experiences, particularly a couple in their 70's in everlasting love, trust and freedom, with 10 children, still with grandiose
plans for the future that they carry out. In his 60's Alasdair is on a ferry and brushes into Helen on the same stairway uttering the same words. Helen recognises him and the two embark on a journey to Helen's house as strangers, where they 'shared a few things and had excluded nearly all that really mattered'. Her exploits and life-story have already been told retrospectively in the narrative, flitting between past and present, before this strange coincidental encounter occurs, recalling Einstein's words, 'coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful writing. 23 Mar. 2014
Format:Hardcover
I really loved the way this book is written. The writing flows well, the descriptions of the Hebrides are very poetic and vivid.There is a lot of food for thought in this book. It is not what you would call a gripping read, not that kind of book at all. It is the kind of book which you read a couple of chapters at a time. A gentle, thoughtful book, a book to be savoured like a beautiful sunset.
I found the characters didn't quite come to life for me, its only flaw, but Angus Peter is obviously an important Scottish writer with a lot to offer us, so I look forward to reading his next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, resonant writing 14 Feb. 2015
Format:Hardcover
Beautiful, resonant writing. Very much writing with the spirit of place, one can taste the salt air from the sea. What I love about this book is its exploration of the way love is experienced in maturity, and an almost- but- not- quite regret. Stunning!
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