'Jess Smith is as bright a new talent on the Scottish non-fiction scene as I have seen emerge in recent years. Having brought her life story up to date with this one she is, I hear, now tackling a novel. Watch that bestseller list.' --The Scots Magazine
'Very readable and an invaluable social commentary of disappearing traditions and customs' --Annabel Gouldie, The Herald
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Those of you who came with me on Jessies Journey will have an idea where we are going. For those who did not, let me take you along the road with me through the Scottish travellers life, a life of folklore, murder and mystery.
In Tales from the Tent Jess Smith- Scottish traveller, hawker, gypsy, gan-about and storyteller- continues the unforgettable story of her life on the road. Unable to adjust to settled life working in a factory after leaving school, she finds herself drawn once again to the wild countryside of Scotland. Having grown up on the road in an old, blue bus with her parents and seven sisters, Jessie now joins her family in caravans, stopping to rest in campsites and lay-bys as they follow work around the country-berry-picking, hay-stacking, ragging, fortune-telling and hawking. Making the most of their freedom, Jessie and her family continue the traditional way of life that is disappearing before their eyes, wandering the roads and byways, sharing tales and living on the edge of acceptable society.
Intertwined with the story of Jessies loveable but infuriating family, incorrigible friends, first loves and first losses are her tales from the tent, a collection of folklore from the travellers world. As Jessie travels through Scotlands silver-birch woods, along the salty shores of the west coast and over the border into England, she tells intriguing tales of romance, mythical beasts, dreams, ghostly apparitions and strange encounters.
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