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Father Allan: The Life and Legacy of a Hebridean Priest Paperback – 1 Oct 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841585483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841585482
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 820,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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). Calum's Road has been a huge bestseller, shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize (2007) with film rights sold.

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In his introduction, the author describes this book as the first real biography of Father Allan but it is not really a biography, it is not much more than a short chronology of his life including his upbringing, training in Spain and postings in Scotland.

Some of the best parts are the photos and the descriptions of social life in Uist and Eriskay. There's a very good description of Allan Macdonald's father's work in the 1800s as a security guard for Royal Mail stage-coaches runs through the arduous western Highlands from Loch Lomond to Oban. It's warmly written and Hutchison's book often hints at the genius and talent of the man but it is frustratingly brief and there is little analysis or reflection on his subject: what Fr Allan gave to the world he lived in and his continuing relevance in the cultural life of the Western Isles and Scotland.
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Roger Hutchinson has written a very well researched book on this famous priest and gaelic folklore and language collector. From his early years in Fort William, through Blairs College and on to the Scottish Seminaries in Spain, to his parishes in Uist and then Eriskay. He captures the feel of the time, and the place which was not a "Celtic twilight" zone! A thoroughly good read.
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This is a wonderful book about the Victorian Catholic Hebrides. Hutchinson portrays the life of a much loved Hebridean priest who had a love of his Gaelic heritage. It has prompted me to read the other biographies of the eminent priest and scholar.
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Interesting and readable account of a fascinating life.
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Excellent read
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