'Moving and richly written about life's great adventures' Greenock Telegraph.
'It is in part because he looks for a place where they do things differently that Greig is drawn to Assynt and some of the best of this fine book is taken up with attempts to face down his tendency to reify glimpses of the ideal... It's Greig's habit to set literature aside in favour of life but the rich contradictions involved in doing so require him to exercise all his considerable art' Guardian.
'This book is his most personal to date. He writes with fragile honesty about his mistakes, his relationships and about the breakdown he had as a young man... There are interludes of joyous anecdote such as the account of his time as a wannabe singer/songwriter in the 1970s' Scotsman.
'At The Loch of Green Corrie is more than merely elegant, more than a collection of albeit fascinating insights, laugh-out-loud observations and impressively broad erudition. Greig manages to give his holiday journal a definite narrative tension' Sunday Herald.
From the Inside Flap
"'I should like you to fish for me at the Loch of the Green Corrie,' MacCaig commanded months before his death. 'Go to Lochinver and ask for a man named Norman MacAskill - if he likes you, he may tell you where it is. If you catch a fish, I shall be delighted. If you fail, then looking down from a place in which I do not believe, I shall be most amused.'" The quest sounds simple and irresistible, but the loch is hard to find, as demanding as it is beautiful. In the course of days of outdoor living, meetings, and fishing with friends in the remote hill lochs of far North-West Scotland, the search broadens. The waters of the Green Corrie finally reflect personal memoir, joy and loss, poetry, geology, land ownership in the Highlands, the ambiguous roles of whisky, love and male friendship. At the Loch of the Green Corries is a richly atmospheric narrative, a celebration of losing and recovering oneself in a unique landscape, the consideration of a particular culture, and a homage to a remarkable poet and his world.
From the Back Cover
For many years, Andrew Greig saw the poet Norman MacCaig as a father figure. Months before his death, MacCaig's enigmatic final request to him was that he fish on his behalf at the Loch of the Green Corrie; the location, even the real name of his destination was more mysterious still. His search took in days of outdoor living, meetings, and fishing with friends in the remote hill lochs of far North West Scotland. It lead, finally, to the waters of the Green Corrie, which would come to reflect Greig's own life, his thoughts on poetry, geology and land ownership in the Highlands and the ambiguous roles of whisky, love and male friendship.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Andrew Greig is the author of six acclaimed books of poetry, two Himalayan mountaineering expedition books, and five novels including That Summer, When They Lay Bare, In Another Light (Scottish Book of the Year) and Romanno Bridge. His last non-fiction book, Preferred Lies, is already seen as a contemporary classic. A full time writer, he lives in Orkney and Edinburgh, with his wife, the novelist Lesley Glaister.