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Magic Moments: Four Seasons on a Scottish Hill Farm [Paperback]

Tom Duncan
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13 Sep 2004
Based on his perennially popular column in the Sunday Post, the author describes life and work on his 700-acre hill farm in south-west Scotland. He is helped in his endeavours by Cha and Big Tam, two unforgettable characters. A warm and witty read, Duncan's love of the land and his animals shines through on every page.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fort Publishing Ltd (13 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954446186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954446185
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A hill farmer's life and how to tell it." -- The Scotsman

"A must-read . . . unique." -- Farmer's Guardian

"Full of humorous stories and anecdotes." -- Farming Life

"Highly readable . . . seasoned farmers will nod and chuckle." -- Scottish Farmer

"His stories have enchanted readers for fifteen years." -- Sunday Post

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's magic! 13 Nov 2004
This book gives you a real feeling about what it's like to live on a Scottish hill farm. It takes you through the highs and the lows in an entertaining yet unsentimental style. It also documents a changing world, indeed a world which might not exist for much longer. This is a great book for those intersted in gaining an insight into the isolated lives of farmers who are struggling to cope with the ever-increasing demands of the politicians and the falling profits from their livestock. So is Tom Duncan just another moaning farmer? Quite the opposite: he accepts his lot and recognises that change is inevitable. He quotes Spike Milligan: "everyone's got to be somewhere". And there are a lot worse places to be than a Dumfriesshire hill farm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read 16 Jan 2005
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This is a really interesting book, which takes you right into the heart of the job. The trials and tribulations of looking after a hill farm are brought to you as if you were really there. Written well, interspersed with humour throughout. His love for the animals and the environment comes through right through the book.
Well done Tom!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unimaginative Writing 3 Mar 2010
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Whilst no doubt an accurate record of life on a Scottish hill farm, this book lacks that special ingredient which makes you want to keep reading to the end. It is mearly a "we did this and we did that" book, with little expansion of charactures or situations described.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good delivery 18 Jun 2014
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Fantastic book real insight to operating sheep farm and mindset required, interesting stories and asides made a good read for anyone interested in sheep farming
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