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A crofting childhood that sparkles with originality
on 31 August 2002
Despite the many tales of life amongst Highland wildlife in this book, a great humanity pervades the whole. Sadly, today Rowena Farre would be considered an eccentric, yet she shows great strength and independance of spirit for a young girl, living alone with her aunt, in an isolated corner of Scotland in the thirties. Descriptions of daily life for the pair (which could include cutting peat for winter fires or washing a squirrel free of porridge)are interpersed with local people and folklore. To say this is a simple but wondrous account of a childhood belies the depth behind the experience. This should be compulsory reading for all who have lost their way in the superficiality of modern life.