Bob Pegg's Highland Folk Tales is a book you should read with a map, so that you fully appreciate his careful placement of these stories in the varied landscape of the Highlands. We discover stories from the Cairngorm Mountains, from the Great Glen, from Hugh Miller's Black Isle, from the West Coast, and from Caithness and Sutherland. There are ancient tales about saints and warfare, stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and a fair smattering of stories with supernatural themes: wild dances with fairy folk under the hills, greedy giants, seal people, mermaids, witches selling winds, the Devil extracting his payment yet again, and occasionally being bested. The bold illustrations by John Hodkinson are terrific. Whether they're long or short, comic or chilling, you always have the feeling that you're listening to a real person telling the tales. Sometimes that person is Bob himself, sometimes it's his Traveller friends Essie Stewart or Alec Williamson. You're in good company. In fact, you're in the ceilidh of a lifetime.