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My Friends the Miss Boyds: Unabridged [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

Jane Duncan , Lesley Mackie
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Sep 1995
Vivid, funny and touched with tragedy, My Friends the Miss Boyds was an instant bestseller when it was first published in 1959. Jane Duncan evokes the world she knew as a child, a closely woven community on Scotland's remote and beautiful Black Isle. Into this small, self-reliant society come the Miss Boyds, silly, would-be sophisticated outsiders from Inverness. Their disruptive effect foretokens a wider impact on the rural way of life as war is followed by economic depression.
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Soundings Ltd; Unabridged edition (Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860420664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860420665
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,592,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This little gem has been unearthed from 1959... Janet Sandison is remembering her childhood in a Highlands community in 1918, in particular the Miss Boyds, six 'old maids' whose comedic turn slowly becomes deeply poignant. --Sunday Telegraph, July 25, 2010

It gives a lovingly written picture of traditional Scottish croft and village life, much as Cranford did of Cheshire a century earlier. --The Lady, August 31, 2010

This tale is full of vitality and the humorous incidents, piling one on top of another, carry themselves along in a thoroughly enjoyable way. --The Observer, May 10, 1959

Miss Duncan captures the sharp, authentic voice of childhood, extracting great richness from the Scottish idiom of her characters. --Times Literary Supplement, May 8, 1959

Candid wit and unconventional pathos.
--Sunday Times, May 10, 1959 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This edition, published to celebrate the centenary of the author's birth, contains a new Afterword, 'Jane Duncan Remembered', specially written by her niece and nephews. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliant Jane Duncan 27 Sep 2010
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I became an admirer of Jane Duncan when I first read this book in the 1960s - and subsequently avidly read every one of her titles upon which I could lay hands from the local library. I wondered recently if any of her books was still available and found this one, within my means, on Amazon. Jane Duncan's creative spirit is truly wonderful. She is such a sharp-eyed viewer and recorder of human personalities, their strengths and weaknesses. To read one of her books is to get one hooked ! I am delighted to find that there is one I had not heard of and so still have a Jane Duncan to which to look forward !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read 10 July 2011
This story is told by Janet Sandison, also known as Janet Reachfar after the croft where she lives. She's a young girl and is very much part of the village life in the Black Isle in Scotland. Into that life come the Miss Boyds, six rather silly sisters of varying ages.

I liked the characterisations in this book, and the story as told by Janet. The book reads for the most part like it could be a children's book, until something happens that sobers up the reader, and brings back to mind the harsh times in which the book is set (towards the end, and post, World War One). However, the book is for the most part an easy and pleasant read. I've since got hold of a copy of the Millrace Books edition of My Friend Monica, which I'm looking forward to reading too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good account of rural Highlands at the time of WW I 26 April 2012
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I am amazed that it must be so difficult to get this book for it is a well-written account of life in a small community in the Highlands at the time of the Great War (and up to ca. 1950) whrere things changed much in Britain in general and not less in the Highlands. Seen through the eyes of a nine years old girl and written down much later you are kept to the book from first page.

The account is by no means dull and the people are not just 'people', but characters in the best sense of that word.
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1.0 out of 5 stars first of a classic series 30 April 2013
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first of a classic series, a must read as it it the first, explaining the background of the author. Very funny and honest. Simple stories which will take you to your own childhood even if you weren't born in the begining of the 20th century. It is a must have as you will read it again and again.
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