Since I discovered this delighful novel, Neil Gunn has become one of my favourite authors.
The story is set on the Scottish coast in the early twentieth century, in a small fishing community without cars, radio or telephones.
Young Hugh, the main character, is beautifully portrayed, along with the members of his family and other minor characters, and Neil Gunn writes with both deep warmth and a high degree of literary skill about the struggle for survival against storm, poverty and illness, clearly drawing on his own experience and observation. We see Hugh learning about adult life, with all its mystery, hardship and tragedy, but also moving through his later boyhood with zest and joy. It is a refreshing and moving story.