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Wild Harbour (The Scottish fiction reprint library) [Hardcover]

Ian Macpherson
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1 July 1981 The Scottish fiction reprint library
This is the world of universal future war. Faced with the threat of bombs, bacteriological warfare and poison gas, a married couple whose pacificism complels them to opt out of 'civilisation', take to the hills to live as fugitives in the wild. Plainly and simply told, Wild Harbour charts the practical difficulties, the successes and failures of living rough in the beautiful hills of remote Speyside. In this respect the book belongs to a tradition of Scottish fiction reflected in novels such as Stevenson's Kidnapped and Buchan's John MacNab. But it takes a darker and more contemporary turn, for although Hugh and his wife Terry learn to fend for themselves, they cannot escape from what the world has become. Their brief summer idyll is brought to an end as the forces of random and meaningless violence close over them. Written in 1936, Wild Harbour has lost none of its relevance in a post-nuclear age, nor its power to move and shock.
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  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint unknown; New edition edition (1 July 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862280222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862280222
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,827,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Macpherson (1905-1944) was born in Forres and educated at Newtonmore, Laurencekirk and Mackie Academy, Stonehaven. He graduated from Aberdeen University in 1928 with a first class honours degree in English. He spent the next two years writing his first novel Shephard's Calendar which was published in 1931. This book, which has been compared to Grassic Gibbon's Sunset Song, draws on a rural background to tell of a young man's growth to maturity in a farming community dominated by hard toil and the influence of the seasons. Macpherson continued to live in his native north east, working at farming, broadcasting and writing. In the next five years he produced three further novels, including Land of Our Fathers (1933) and Pride in the Valley (1936), which are set in Speyside. His last book, Wild Harbour (1936), is also set in the Highlands, but it tells of the world detroyed by a future war, forebodings of which were already discernible in Europe. Ian Macpherson died in a motorcycle accident in 1944. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Scotch in the rocks? 2 Sep 2003
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Format:Hardcover
This book was written just before WWII, and involves a small group of people that go and live up in the fastness of a hidden glen of the Scottish Highlands to get away from an impending war. It's grim, it's eerie, and it's a tale of survival. The idea is basic, getting food and hiding evidence of their existence is a daily hazard etc, but in many senses it doesn't just prophesy WWII, but also the '60s peace & "back to the land" movements.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scotch in the rocks 19 Jun 2003
By R Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was written just before WWII, and involves a small group of people that go and live up in the fastness of a hidden glen of the Scottish Highlands to get away from an impending war. It's grim, it's eerie, and it's a tale of survival. The idea is basic, getting food and hiding evidence of their existence is a daily hazard etc, but in many senses it doesn't just prophesy WWII, but also the '60s peace & "back to the land" movements.
3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting questions 12 Mar 2014
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Three stars and yet, I'm glad I read it.  Not the best reading I've experienced, but very interesting information.  Hugh and Terry are married and live in pre WWII Scotland.  As they see others joining up they have to decide:  will they support the war, will they kill, can they support the war without killing?  The questions they must face are alone worth the read.  Can they survive being ostracized for their beliefs?  Can they survive killing others?  Can they  survive, period?  So the basic question seems to be what will be more difficult, killing or not killing?  How will they fair if they live against their own beliefs?  Heck what ARE their beliefs?  They are going to learn a LOT about themselves because of course,  it is a lot more complicated than that.This fictitious account describes their life literally in the wilds, scrounging for food and shelter and making a life for themselves.  Will they stick with their initial decision?  This is a multi-faceted story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Ian MacPherson 19 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Can someone tell me if THIS particular Ian MacPherson has written anything else?
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