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Memoirs Of A Highland Lady (Canongate Classics)

Memoirs Of A Highland Lady (Canongate Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Grant
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"If you have never read it before, do so now...compelling...delicious insights into a way of life long passed, as well as glimpses of the familiar...a warm, human, revealing account of a young woman's life." (Scottish Review of Books)

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Edited and introduced by Andrew Tod. ‘I was born on the 7th May 1797 of a Sunday evening at No. 5 N. side of Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, in my father’s own lately built house and I am the eldest of five children he and my mother raised to maturity.’ Thus opens one of the most famous set of memoirs ever written. Since its first bowdlerised edition in 1898, they have been consistently in print. This is the first ever complete text. Written between 1845 and 1854 the memoirs were originally intended simply for Elizabeth’s family, but these vivid and inimitable records of life in the early 19th century, and above all on the great Rothiemurchus estate, full of sharp observation and wit, form an unforgettable picture of her time. The story ends with the thirty-three-year-old Elizabeth finding her own future happiness in marriage to an Irish landowner, Colonel Smith of Baltiboys. ‘A masterpiece of historical and personal recall.’ Scotsman

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1192 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (4 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V326VS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant sojourn in Rothiemurchus 21 Aug. 2002
I read this book after visiting the highlands of Scotland for an extensive visit. The book is a great read with lots of interesting detail, giving insight into highland life as well as that of the 'well-to-do' in the early 1800s. But it isn't all Scotland. The 'highland lady' spends a significant portion of her childhood in London, visits the continent and finally lives in India for a while where she meets her husband.
Even without the historical aspect, Elizabeth Grant's family relationships are also fascinating. Elizabeth Grant was writing for her daughters and niece and is charmingly frank about her family and their doings. I really enjoyed her memoirs and plan to read her later account of her married life in Ireland in the mid 19th century soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars well worth reading 28 May 2009
I have seen this book qouted as a footnote in many Scottish Histories, and eventually got round to reading it. It is an upper class woman's view of her childhood and young adulthood in London, India, Edinburgh and the Highlands in the early 19th C, Given it is written by a woman of her place and time, with all the notions, predjudices and conditioning involved, and little exciting happens (No sharks, no space ship, no Germans)it is a very enjoyable read. The authouress is a keen and perceptive observer and has an endearing dry style, that makes you like her - across the years
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highland lady 5 Nov. 2010
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This is a magnificent example of autobiographical writing, the authoress a remarkable lady, one whose humanity, intelligence, breeding and spirit shine throughout. Her incredibly detailed recounting of her childhood, her family, friends and acquaintances over a 90 year period is a joy to read. That anyone could recall with such clarity, wit and wisdom a lifetime's experiences is quite mindboggling. Each and every place, personage, relationship (and fashion) encountered is described with such verve and warmth as to bring their very recollection joyously to life before our eyes. A truly great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs of a Highland Lady 21 Jun. 2013
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It's an authentic voice of the time, speaking to this era, and it brings good sense and wisdom which is somehow comforting in the present chaotic age.
I would recommend to anyone with the patience to realise that real life, as it is lived, is infinitely more enthralling than the formulaic bonkbusters that fill today's bookshops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Jan. 2015
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I really enjoyed this - a quite remarkable woman.
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