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When Fraser Met Billy: How The Love Of A Cat Transformed My Little Boy's Life
When Fraser Met Billy: How The Love Of A Cat Transformed My Little Boy's Life
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Fraser met Billy., 21 Aug 2014
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This is an excellent book, well written and well worth reading.
It takes you into the countryside of the Balmoral estste in Aberdeenshire, the holiday home of "The Queen"
Everything is told in way that you could almost imagine yourself to actually be there, you can almost hear the wind in the trees and hear the river flowing.
Now it is known that dogs can help people who have problems, such as guide dogs and hearing dogs, but a CAT???
As Louise tells her story about Fraser it becomes very clear just how he and Billy got on so well and how the cat had the ability to adapt to Frasers requirements. It is actually unbelieveable that this could be possible.
This book is so well laid out in detail that, to coin an old Scottish phrase, "It would take a tear to a glass eye".

Dalmore - Tales of a Lewis Village
Dalmore - Tales of a Lewis Village
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories, 19 Dec 2013
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This is an excellent book if you like stories of the Highlands and Islands.
Once I started reading it I just could not put it down.
The summer shielings, the peat cutting, the harvesting of crops for animal feed throughout the winter months as well as the potato crop for human purposes the fishing etc, where does it end.
If like me the reader has even the faintest knowledge of past life in the Highlands of Scotland, they will understand what life was like in bygone years.
Donald has a really good knack of telling these stories which can transfer the reader back quite a number of years and he also has the ability to show what style of life exsisted in these far flung parts in years gone by.

The Kerracher Man (Non-Fiction)
The Kerracher Man (Non-Fiction)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kerracher Man., 4 July 2013
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This is a true story about the life of a family who settled in what must be one of the most remote aeras of Sutherland In North West Scotland.
Not only is it a remote area it is also a very scenic area, surrounded by some of the most beautiful Highland scenery to be found including nearby " Eas A' Chual Aluinn", Gaelic for (Waterfall of the beautiful tresses) which is the highest waterfall in Britain.
It appears that the author is a family decendent of Kerracher and starts by trying to make a new life for himself and his family, quite a hard task to undertake in such a remote area,but as the story goes on you will see it all becomes worthwhile in the long run.
From the begining the trials of getting a caravan, which is to be their initial home, over to Kerracher, to the refurbishment of the house, the long walks over the hill to get to the main road and their vehicle in order to get provisions and in time to get their children to and from school shows just how hard it can be in such a remote area.
However just think of the peace in such an area, well that is until the Highland midge decides to come out to play, when millions of the little blighters attack you on a warm damp evening when there is little or no wind.
As the summer draws to a close there will be the ever noisy sound of the red deer throughout the annual rutting season. Try going to sleep with that racket going on??? Now that is what I would call a good life.
The winter time can be a bit of a challenge with the long dark nights that begin about 3.30pm and finish around 9.00am the next day, but there is nothing better than sitting around a good peat fire in the hearth listening to the hiss of the tilly lamp and enjoying the heat it provides especially if mother nature decides that there will be a long spell of winter weather.
The peats would of course have been cut the previous spring by yourselves.
Also think what it would be like having fresh eggs from your own hens and fresh milk from you cow as well as all the home baking. What a pleasure it must be to be able to be self sufficient and Eric and his wife have made a very good job of it.
Then when the summer comes around again there will be long days with daylight hours lasting until nearly midnight and daybreak at around about 2.00am.
Throughout the summer months there generally is an abundant supply of fish in the loch, all that is needed is for you to go and catch them.
Kerracher is not a million miles from where I originally belong and what I have written is what I remember from my own younger days and Eric has taken the time to describe that in full detail.
This is an excellent book full of excellent reading.
I reccomend it to anyone who is interested in the history or geography of North West Sutherland.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Winchman, 17 Jun 2013
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I only got to know of this book after a local weekly paper did a run about it and was surprised to find that it was available on Kindle the same day.
As William,alias Chris beolngs to my own home county needless to say I purchased the book.
The begining part of the book was not really my scene althouigh it did show up in detail what "Chris" had done with his younger life, but when it came to his life on the end of a wire that really caught my attention partly because I know a lot of the places mentioned and actually belong to one of them.
It shows in great detail what exactly people of his calibre have to go through from the basic training to the intensive training including medical training.
Chris makes it very clear how they all work together as a four man (or even one woman to three men) team and these people have to be applauded for the job they do.
For people like deep sea fishermen as well as other seafarers they are there when needed whatever the weather and similarly they put their lives at risk to get people off the mountains when they get stuck in atrocious conditions, not to mention that they are there to act as an ambulance when it is deemed that the use of a road ambulance would take to long to get a patient to hospital, sometimes from very remote places.
All of these rescue crews do a fantastic job as this book points out and it all down to teamwork.
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When I Heard the Bell: The Loss of the Iolaire
When I Heard the Bell: The Loss of the Iolaire
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5.0 out of 5 stars The loss of the Iolaire, 11 Jan 2013
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When I heard the bell, "The loss of the Iolaire"
What can one say about this book other than excellent?
I first heard of this tragedy well over forty years ago when as a young student I was in the company of a number of Lewis folk and one lady told me all she knew about it and how it tore the heart out of Lewis people especially as it happened on their own doorstep and after four years of the first world war.
Last year I visited the site while I was on holiday and saw the actual "beasts" that claimed so many lives on a night that in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland people would normally let their hair down and have a good time with music merriment and laughter.
Sadly this was not to be on the 1st January 1919 in Lewis.
This book is a wonderful story explaining everything in detail and the author "John Macleod" has made an excellent job of it.
Finally take it from me, a visit to the site is well worth it as you will see for yourselves just how close to the shore "the beasts" are and just how close to Stornoway the accident happened.

Deathly Wind
Deathly Wind
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5.0 out of 5 stars KLB Kid, 15 Nov 2012
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Absolutely fantastic says it all about this book.
Although this is to all intents and purposes a fictional story using fictional places it brings to life what life is like in the western isles of Scotland,with the Machair, the sand dunes and of course the sea.
Everything and everyone is easy going and take one day at a time,that is until Jock McArdle, who turns out to be a Glasgow gangster, arrives along with his two henchmen.
Having purchased "Dunshiffin estate" it would appear he would like to make quick big bucks by erecting windmills much to the distaste of the locals.
As the story goes on and after a number of killings it comes to light just who Mr Jock McArdle really is. Yes you will have probably guessed it, he is a noted Glasgow gangster who thinks he can do what he wants in the Outer Hebrides and especially the "Wee Kingdom",but alas he didn't manage to outrun the local Hebredian police force who knew quite a lot more about him than he bargained for.

The Fragile Islands
The Fragile Islands
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4.0 out of 5 stars KLB Kid, 31 Aug 2012
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This book about the Western Hebridean Islands is a very good story. It gives out true facts about life both past and present in the Hebrides.
However there is one major down point, and that is the form of the print on Kindle.
Be prepared for extreemly small print which it would appear cannot be adjusted by using the print size regulator,also the fact that there is a blank page between every page as you turn pages.

Calum's Road
Calum's Road
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Man's Road, 20 April 2012
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I liked this book because I belong to the Highlands. I have to say that for readers not aware of the Napier Commission, the forerunners of today's Crofters Commission they might find the book very slow to begin with. I would recommend they persevere as the author has really done his homework on this one.
The fact that the hamlet of Arnish (Isle of Raasay) was served by a footpath/bridle path for a distance of 1 3/4 miles meant that all requirements had to be brought in by either boat or carried on peoples backs.
This book shows the grit determination of Calum Macleod to create this road singlehandedly since on numerous occasions the hamlet of Arnish was let down by Inverness-shire County Council.
After years of hard graft with little assistance the road he created was eventually adopted and tarred by the local council.
It is poignant to think that on the day of Calum's funeral he did not have to be carried to the local cemetary like his forefathers before him as owing to his achievement the hearse was able to drive to his front door.

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