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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn (28 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843410354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843410355
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'More thrilling than any adventure story' --Scotsman

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Donald Caskie, was born at Bowmore, Islay in 1902 and educated at the University of Edinburgh, Caskie left his first charge at Gretna to become minister of the Scot's Kirk in Paris. His wartime experiences were first published in 1957. Caskie ended his career ministering in Skelmorlie and Wemyss Bay and died in 1983.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan 2001
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Donald Caskie was the minister of the Scots church in Paris when the Germans invaded. Despite an initial attempt to return home, Caskie spent the war years working in the Seamans' mission in Marseilles from where it is estimated that he organised the return to the UK of some 2000 men via the Pyrennees, Spain and Gibraltar.
Caskie tells his story calmly and unemotionally. A typical Highlander, you imagine him sitting by his fireside - dram in hand - as this extraordinary tale unfolds.
Occasionally you would be forgiven for thinking you were reading the plot for 'Allo, 'Allo! Caskie's continual game of hide and seek with the Vichy police, the lengths that locals go to to make sure he has enough food and coal, and the dealings with Arab clothes traders all raise a smile.
But this isn't a comedy. Men die, traitors are uncovered and Caskie himself faces death as a British agent.
Caskie is of course devout. He has an uncanny sixth sense. He is also a native Gaelic speaker and keeps a detailed log of information in Gaelic. "Who but the Lord and the minister of the Scots Church would have the Gaelic in France during WWII" he says. This vital information is passed on to London via well known agents.
Don't be put off by the name or the dreadful tartan hat on the cover!! This book should be part of your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris, Renfrewshire on 25 Aug 2013
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I first read this book when I was at Primary School and having just finished reading it for a second time many years later it is still a wonderful read. I got so much more out of reading it the second time. Rev. Dr. Donald Caskie was a true man of faith, relying on God at all times. As a member of the CofS in which Rev Dr. Caskie was a minister I am surprised by the number of people in the church who say they have never heard of him. I find it a sad reflection that people in the Kirk today, my age, and older and younger say they have never heard of such a faithful man who courageously lived by his faith in the face of evil. I am going to make sure that the folks in my church know of this faithful man, a great example of a true Christian prepared to put his own life on the line for others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. J. Carroll on 25 Nov 2008
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This is one of my favourite books. Donald Caskie's memoir of his time in wartime France is an amazing tale which reflects the hardships of the occupation and the tremendous courage of the author. I have read it twice myself and I'm about to buy a copy for my brother-in-law to read over Christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lidija FOGLAR on 25 Aug 2013
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Although I am by no means a religious Person, I loved this book. Donald Caskie is the Kind of man you expect a priest to be. What he lived through and what he did, is amazing. I often wander how I would react in such a hard time as under the Nazi occupation in WWII. Withought hate, but with wit and unbelievable quiet Courage, this Scot helped and consoled and saw good in the most evil times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Sep 2013
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This is a description of how people rise to the occasion of need when everything seems hopeless. It is a book that should never be forgotten, and younger generations should e encouraged to read. I first read this book shortly after it was first published and this time it still moved me to feel admiration for that generation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin on 11 Nov 2013
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I was given this book as a 21st birthday present from my Godmother as I was christened by Caskie.

whilst not knowing the man, I am humbled and touched by his account and of the deeds and experiences of those involved, I thou roughly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr P.W.Martin on 13 Jun 2013
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What an understated person this chap was. A hero and well worthy of public recognition. Very well written and interesting book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By susan on 10 Oct 2013
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I thoroughly recommend this book by Donald Caskie. He epitomised the very best in Christian love for his fellow men.
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