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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (18 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780270925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780270920
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisly makes it go round twice as fast.' --Sir Compton Mackenzie

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Compton Mackenzie was born in West Hartlepool, England, into a theatrical family of Mackenzies, but many of whose members used Compton as their stage surname, starting with his grandfather Henry Compton, a well-known Shakespearean actor of the Victorian era. His father, Edward Compton, was an actor and theatre company manager; his sister, Fay Compton, starred in many of J. M. Barrie's plays, including Peter Pan. He was educated at St Paul's School and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated with a degree in modern history. He died in 1972. Roger Hutchinson is an award-winning author and journalist. After working as an editor in London, in 1977 he joined the 'West Highland Free Press' in Skye. Since then he has published thirteen books, including 'Polly: the True Story Behind Whisky Galore'. He is still attached to the 'WHFP' as editorialist and columnist, and has written for BBC Radio, 'The Scotsman', 'The Guardian', 'The Herald' and 'The Literary Review'. His book 'The Soap Man' (Birlinn 2003) was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year (2004) and 'Calum's Road' (Birlinn 2008) is an international bestseller.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ZANTHOULA on 6 July 2013
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I particularly enjoyed this edition of "Whisky Galore" because the novel. set on a fictional Hebridean Island, is juxtaposed with the tale of an actual event which took place on the island of Eriskay in 1941, the real ship, the SS "Politician", being promoted to the fictional ship the SS "Cabinet Minister". "Whisky Galore" is the simple love story of two men unable to marry their sweethearts because wartime circumstances have denied their island uisge beatha - whisky, the water of life, essential to both popping the question and to the ceremonies. All is well when the "Cabinet Minister", with its cargo of top-of-the-range whiskies, founders on local rocks. (It breaks my heart to learn that the islanders of reality were only able to rescue 22,000 bottles out of a possible 264,000 - the rest being blown up by the powers that be. Now if that isn't being spoil sports, I don't know what is!. The book inspired "Dad's Army", and the recreation of the egalitarian Gaelic-speaking crofting communities of the Hebrides is a delight.
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I loved this book by Compton MacKenzie, it is well written with a good range of characters explored in just enough depth. His subtle humour could get lost by the casual reader - I found my self getting further involved and laughing more frequently as I ploughed further into the novel. For me, he hit the nail right on the head when depicting life in a small community. I am yet to see the film, I hope it's not too heavy handed and manages to capture the quiet effectiveness of this book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Brydon on 17 Nov. 2014
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I see from the inscription on the flyleaf of my copy of this book that I bought it in August 1981. I have a recollection of having read it, and the story is familiar from having seen the film version, but I could not remember anything about the book itself. i read it again as I was going back to the Scottish Highlands, and thought it might be amusing.

Like the over eager knight at the end of 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', I chose poorly. At the risk of being branded a heretic, this is quite simply an atrocious book, and represents one of those rare instances where the film is a great improvement on the original novel. This was like a pseudo-literary version of Harry Lauder, playing to the worst music hall stereotypes of Scotsmen.

I was going to say that can't remember when I last encountered such two dimensional characters, but actually that would not be true! I recall grappling with equally inadequate character in 'The Rival Monster', which was also written by Mackenzie. I imagine that if I were to see the film again I would find it hopelessly dated, but I think it would still retain some humour, a quality which is conspicuous by its paucity in the book.
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Witty in spots 16 Jun. 2013
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This is humorous book that is written to convey the heavy Scottish accent of many of the main characters. It is based on an actual incident that occurred during WWII. A lot of it relates to the style of life in the islands off the coast of Scotland in the early 40's. There is a lot of social commentary that is witty, but related to that time period. If you come from a Scottish heritage or lived through WWII you will enjoy it more.
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Mackenzie's humor delights us! 21 Oct. 2014
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How could you NOT love this book and it's colorful characters, a plot based on a historical event, where all turns out the right way, where odious characters are put on by attractive folks, where the foibles of a egotistical, OCD outsider are revealed over and over for their insensitivity and futility in a comic tour-de-force written so many years ago, but timeless in its humor. Aristophanes, even, would be hugely entertained! Pardon me, but I'm going to go somewhere and learn Gaelic now.
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