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