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The Hills is Lonely: Complete & Unabridged Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Nov 1994


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books (Nov 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745143660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745143668
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,515,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lilian Comber wrote fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children under the pseudonym Lillian Beckwith. She is best known for her series of comic novels based on her time living on a croft in the Scottish Hebrides.

Beckwith was born in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, in 1916, where her father ran a grocery shop. The shop provided the background for her memoir About My Father's Business, a child's eye view of a 1920s family. She moved to the Isle of Skye with her husband in 1942, and began writing fiction after moving to the Isle of Man with her family twenty years later. She also completed a cookery book, Secrets from a Crofter's Kitchen (Arrow, 1976).

Since her death, Beckwith's novel A Shine of Rainbows has been made into a film starring Aidan Quinn and Connie Nielsen, which in 2009 won 'Best Feature' awards at the Heartland and Chicago Children's Film Festivals. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Nov 2001
Format: Paperback
Way back in the 1950s Lillian Beckwith was recommended to take a nice quiet break fcr the good of her health. One of the replies to her advert in a well-known periodical was from the tiny Hebridean island of Bruach. Morag, who was to become the landlady of "Miss Peckwitt" for the next two years, wrote "Surely it is that quiet here even the sheeps themselves on the hills is lonely...". Lillian Beckwith's account of her stay on Bruach has hardly been out of print since it first appeared in 1957. Read it and you will understand why. Re-live her experiences of the market day punch-up, the attempt to tow some cows from an even more remote island in a small rowing boat behind a rickety fishing boat and, above all, the funeral of Ian Mor. I laughed out loud.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Petrovics on 4 Dec 2010
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One of my favourite books. My original copy has fallen apart, so I just had to buy a new one. Anyone who enjoys Scotland will surely enjoy reading this story of how a teacher from Manchester tried her hand at crofting, and learned to appreciate a way of life which is rapidly disappearing.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec 2004
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once again the combination of Lilian Bethwith author and Hannah Gordon narrator is outstanding. The characters are really brought to life and the scenery is described so wonderfully that one can see it all so clearly. The humour makes one laugh out loud. Just to listen to Hannah Gordon portraying each character is amazing also.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jacko 37 on 25 Sep 2012
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It's briiliant that these books have been released on Kindle , and to get one for 99p even better . These are lovely laugh out loud books that will warm your heart
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Staveley on 4 April 2011
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The most deliciously funny book I have read for a long time. Wonderful characters on the island of Bruach in the Hebrides - all very believable. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is suffering from "the blues."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Merry Bear on 12 Dec 2012
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The author made you feel the characters in the harsh landscape by her descriptions. It's a good fireside read on a cold winters night with no fear of having to venture outside.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BabsJ on 10 Dec 2012
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No exciting story-line, just a narrative of everyday life in a unique setting, beautifully told. I found the story really engaging.
It was lovely to read a book that could happily be shared with younger members of the family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liz on 5 Nov 2012
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absolutely loved this book, I laughed so much I was aching. The descriptions of life in the Hebrides were so lifelike I want to visit and see for myself. I will read this book again and again
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