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Red Rowans and Wild Honey [Paperback]

Betsy Whyte
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16 May 2000
This sequel to Yellow on the Broom takes Betsy's story to the end of World War II. She was born in 1919 into a travelling family, and tells her own story, with the bitter and the sweet, the rowan and the honey.

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (16 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841580708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841580708
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Betsy Whyte was born into a traveller family in 1919 and brought up in the age-old tradition of the 'mist people'--constantly moving around the country and settling down in one place only during the winter. It was while the family were 'housed up' at this time of year that she received her education, attending a number of village schools before winning a scholarship to Brechin High school, where she was the only traveller child. She gave up the traveller life when she married in 1939 and started writing about her childhood in the 1970s.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Red Rowans and Wild Honey 13 Jun 2004
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This second book held me spell bound, as did the first. It opened my mind to the ways of these folk. As a bairn I was warned to stay clear of them, as they stole children. A bigger lie could never have been told. Because of their disshevelled appearance, you were brought up to think they were dirty folk, my mother would call me, a wee tink. if I came in dirty and untidy. I wish she could have read meetings with them would then have been different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good honest read 6 Oct 2001
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Excellent. Red Rowans continues Betsy's unique story in her inimitable style. Engrossing, enthralling reading from cover to cover. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one everybody should read 10 Mar 2010
this was a great book i first read it as a young girl, this one and the first of betsy book ,yellow on the broom, the people the farming comunities, the berry picking, all true as we lived in caresto as children and went berry picking, and tattie picking. and travelers used to camp opposite where we lived. i thoughrly enjoyed reading them again, and to now know why there was never a follow on book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful evocation of a bygone way of life 17 Jun 2014
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I absolutely adored this book, which deserves the description 'Modern Classic', alongside such novels as 'Lark Rise to Candleford'. Beautifully told, in deceptively simple language, it evokes the life of the Travelling community in rural Scotland some 100 years ago.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More tales from Betsy 15 May 2014
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I loved her first book (Yellow on the Broom) and the second did not disappoint. She is a natural story teller and gives a fascinating insight into the lives of travelling families. A really good read with lots of detailed descriptions of people and places.
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