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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Film & TV Tie-in ed edition (25 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140292985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140292985
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.2 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 897,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rollicking comedy" Observer "A riotous piece of virtuosity...divinely funny" -- Elizabeth Bowen Tatler

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Hikers battle it out with the Laird of Glenbogle Castle in this hilarious story of life in the Scottish Highlands --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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INADEQUATE indeed would be the guidebook or traveller's tale that did not accord to Glenbogle a place of honour in the very forefront of Highland scenery and romance, and it is a tribute to Scottish thoroughness that no such guidebook exists. Read the first page
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Whistler on 24 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
I first read Compton Mackenzie's books in the series in 1960 and reading Monarch of the Glen again was like meeting an old friend again after a 40 year gap! I could not put the book down and was forced to laugh out loud several times! As good as the TV series is I only wish they had stuck to the original story more.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Andy (aaamack@omantel.net.om) on 23 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
A delightful, gentle comedy, from the master of the Scottish farce. This book was the inspiration for the BBC series of the same name starring Richard Briers.
The novel itself concerns the trials and tribulations of one Donald MacDonald of Ben Nevis, the 23rd clan chieftain of Glenbogle Castle, as he tries to unsuccessfully adjust to life in the 20th Century and the constraints this imposes upon him. This means for instance, that unlike his predecessors, he cannot burn his opponents in church to the piped strains of 'Mac 'ic Eachiann's Return to Glenbogle'.
Central to the plot is Donald's (or 'Ben Nevis' as he is also known) plot to try and ensnare the sister of a wealthy American financier into marrying one of his sons. Add to this the fact that the lady in question, Myrtle Royde, actually fancies a trespassing Scottish Nationalist poet called Alan Macmillan, and also that at this time, Donald is effectively in a state of war against the National Union of Hikers under the formidable leadership of Percy Buckham (the 'Little Songster' portable wireless manufacturer) and you have a recipe for hilarity.
Certain memorable and highly amusing incidents pepper the book. The American financier Chester Royde Jr's, ill-fated attempt at trying to stalk the 'Muckle Hart of Ben Glass' and his decision to wear an orange kilt so as not to offend anyone are seriously amusing. Percy Buckham's attempts to whip up his hikers into an avenging army by Churchillian speeches and his attempts to engage in guerilla warfare against Ben Nevis and his supporters are likewise hilarious.
Throughout the book Mackenzie infuses his story with a lovely Scottish Highland feel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader on 14 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Firstly, if you are expecting something with Richard Briers or anything akin to the BBC series you need to stop and think again.

This is an older book, superbly written by Compton Mackenzie, and presented by a master narrator with a gift for accents. I have listened to this several times and never tire of it on my long drives up to The Highlands alone, or whilst working as something to keep me laughing. One of the best audio books I have ever listened to.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
I will leave the critiquing of the book to others.
It was a good one, though at times quite
preposterous. However, I listened to the book
on audio cassette, and it was an absolute joy.
Rintoul has a rich voice & an amazing ability to
sound like 50 different people. There were times
when I could not believe that only one person
was each of the individual characters. His sing-
ing was - well, hearty (and amusing). He made a
not bad book into a very good book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claire Steed on 3 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio Cassette
This review relates to the audio version.
David Rintoul is an excellent actor but what a find to hear him narrating this book on disc. The book is good in it's own right, of course it is, but David Rintoul brings this story to life as surely as if you were standing on the hillsides of Glenbogle, or peering out from behind the curtains at the hikers meeting place in London. You can almost see Chester Royde in his orange kilt, and the voices ... well, the voices supplied by Mr Rintoul are absolutely amazing. One second he is McDonald of Ben Nevis - all bluff and bluster, the next he is Carrie Royde, wife of Chester and Canadian with an accent to match, then he is the old Scottish retainer Toker, and then he is the Reverend. All manner of accents are here; Scottish, English (of all varieties: from Northern to Cockney and back again) all rolling off the tongue as easily as the River Bogle winds it way softly through the mountains and hillsides of the estate. The twists and turns of the story are matched in excellence with the twists and turns, accents and idiosyncracies of the voices that David Rintoul manages with ridiculous ease - to say he is the master in this field is not to do him justice, he is absolutely and without doubt superb.
If you don't buy anything else this year, you have to buy this ... wherever you can find it, it is absolutely a joy to listen to and I am sorry that it ended ... I could have listened to this for ever.
David Rintoul absolutely makes this audio version unique, and above all - magical.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Sheriffs on 23 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Although nothing like the television series, this book is great!
Arrived when expected and is certainly a classic to be read!
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