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The Hills Is Lonely (Lillian Beckwith's Hebridean Tales) [Paperback]

Lillian Beckwith
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2 Feb 2012 Lillian Beckwith's Hebridean Tales (Book 1)
". . . I got the impression that they could imagine only two reasons why a woman should choose to settle down in Bruach: either that she was running away from the police, or escaping from a lurid past."

Neither reason applies to Lillian Beckwith, in this memoir of her convalescence on an isolated Hebridean island where "even the sheeps on the hills is lonely". On Bruach island, she observes, muses at and joins the native crofters in their unique rhythm of life; where friends fistfight in the evening and discuss bruises the next morning; where the taxi-driver is also the lorry driver, coal merchant and undertaker; where the locals don't remove their hats during a funeral so their heads won't get cold; and where the post-office's 'opening hours' fit around the daily milking of cows and not the other way round!

In a series of vividly drawn sketches, taking in birth, death, marriage and the seasons of life, Lillian Beckwith's writing is shot through with warm, cozy affection and droll wit.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Bello (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447216725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447216728
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lilian Comber wrote fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children under the pseudonym Lillian Beckwith. She is best known for her series of comic novels based on her time living on a croft in the Scottish Hebrides.

Beckwith was born in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, in 1916, where her father ran a grocery shop. The shop provided the background for her memoir About My Father's Business, a child's eye view of a 1920s family. She moved to the Isle of Skye with her husband in 1942, and began writing fiction after moving to the Isle of Man with her family twenty years later. She also completed a cookery book, Secrets from a Crofter's Kitchen (Arrow, 1976).

Since her death, Beckwith's novel A Shine of Rainbows has been made into a film starring Aidan Quinn and Connie Nielsen, which in 2009 won 'Best Feature' awards at the Heartland and Chicago Children's Film Festivals.

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, - had me laughing out loud. 8 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Way back in the 1950s Lillian Beckwith was recommended to take a nice quiet break fcr the good of her health. One of the replies to her advert in a well-known periodical was from the tiny Hebridean island of Bruach. Morag, who was to become the landlady of "Miss Peckwitt" for the next two years, wrote "Surely it is that quiet here even the sheeps themselves on the hills is lonely...". Lillian Beckwith's account of her stay on Bruach has hardly been out of print since it first appeared in 1957. Read it and you will understand why. Re-live her experiences of the market day punch-up, the attempt to tow some cows from an even more remote island in a small rowing boat behind a rickety fishing boat and, above all, the funeral of Ian Mor. I laughed out loud.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hills is Lonely 4 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
One of my favourite books. My original copy has fallen apart, so I just had to buy a new one. Anyone who enjoys Scotland will surely enjoy reading this story of how a teacher from Manchester tried her hand at crofting, and learned to appreciate a way of life which is rapidly disappearing.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 27 Dec 2004
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Format:Audio Cassette
once again the combination of Lilian Bethwith author and Hannah Gordon narrator is outstanding. The characters are really brought to life and the scenery is described so wonderfully that one can see it all so clearly. The humour makes one laugh out loud. Just to listen to Hannah Gordon portraying each character is amazing also.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 25 Sep 2012
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It's briiliant that these books have been released on Kindle , and to get one for 99p even better . These are lovely laugh out loud books that will warm your heart
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hills is Lonely 4 April 2011
Format:Paperback
The most deliciously funny book I have read for a long time. Wonderful characters on the island of Bruach in the Hebrides - all very believable. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is suffering from "the blues."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good true story 12 Dec 2012
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The author made you feel the characters in the harsh landscape by her descriptions. It's a good fireside read on a cold winters night with no fear of having to venture outside.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely gentle read 10 Dec 2012
By BabsJ
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No exciting story-line, just a narrative of everyday life in a unique setting, beautifully told. I found the story really engaging.
It was lovely to read a book that could happily be shared with younger members of the family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 5 Nov 2012
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absolutely loved this book, I laughed so much I was aching. The descriptions of life in the Hebrides were so lifelike I want to visit and see for myself. I will read this book again and again
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As advertised. many thanks
Published 7 days ago by david r bowman
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, I am reading these for the second ...
Beautifully written, I am reading these for the second time around. They remind me of the west coast Islands, a beautiful place with fascinating people. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Victor
5.0 out of 5 stars then this wonderful story is for you
If you ever wanted to escape to a life less fraught, a life less complicated, just for a while, then this wonderful story is for you. I laughed out loud. Read more
Published 15 days ago by sue H
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hills Is Lonely
A very enjoyable read no matter how many times I've read it! Now to read the rest of the series...
Published 1 month ago by Simon H. Bailey
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition
This is really not my thing. I bought this ad a deal of the day and I must have seen something I liked to buy it but coming to finally to read it two years later I don't know what... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mmmppph
5.0 out of 5 stars the hill is lonely
I bought this book as my original one is worn out I would reccommend this author to everyone all her stories are very good
Published 4 months ago by fannan'hotmail.co.uk
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and uplifting.
This book gives a humorous insight into life on a remote island in the middle of the last century. Brilliant.
Published 4 months ago by hu wi
3.0 out of 5 stars A book for old times
I read this book when I was quite young, probably in my mid-teens, and I absolutely loved it - and most of Lillian Beckwith's other books too. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J Chester
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and old fashioned
I love this walk through the past, looking with humour at old ways and customs. I miss such simple stories now and it's a meditation to read it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by RaRa
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, dated, still a pleasure to read
I suppose I must have first read this about 10 years after it was written. I loved the gentle tales of Hebridean folk and probably, though only a youngster, would have shared the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by YellowElspeth
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