- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (29 Mar. 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099066203
- ISBN-13: 978-0099066200
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.8 x 11 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,190,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hills is Lonely Paperback – 29 Mar 1984
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For an unsentimental, lively, apparently photographically accurate picture of a Hebridean island, Miss Beckwith's essays or memoirs or stories would be hard to beat (The Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The first book in the Hebridean series --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The story of 'Miss Peckwitt' and her time in the Hebrides is covered in a number of books, but this one relates her arrival and early times on the island, and her introduction to the community, its foibles, drawbacks, and pleasures. It is extremely entertaining, and it is to be hoped that the islanders had as many jokes at her expense as she did at theirs. She says in the book that she is sure they did, but that they were discreet about it. Reading the story again after a number of years, I do find a touch of superiority in her attitude towards the locals, but I take consolation from her tale of the two visitors who encountered a local young man on the hill, and decided to test his intelligence by asking him if he could count well enough to say how many of them were standing there. Their faces were apparently a picture when he said there were 100: he was the one, and they were the two nothings. It seems that while he was a local, he was also a medical student at a well-known university, at home on holiday....
While light-hearted, the book is nevertheless a useful social history of the time, when Gaelic was the islanders' first language, light was provided by oil lamps, water was carried from the well, and entertainment came in the form of ceilidhs, visiting neighbours, reading, and going to church, and a trip away from the island involved boats and buses, and several hours' travel to get to a town.Read more ›
It was lovely to read a book that could happily be shared with younger members of the family.
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This has been purchased as a gift for a friend - just hope she enjoys it as much as me!Published 7 months ago by LinG
Brilliant books I read them years ago, given to me by my mum.also read by my sister who enjoyed them too. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer