Tears for a Tinker (Jessie's Journey) Paperback – 18 Sep 2008
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'Tales tumble out of Jess Smith's head and its her manner of telling them that is so compulsive' --The Scots Magazine
'Jess skilfully takes her reader into the world of Scottish Travellers in her own down-to-earth, straight-from-the-heart manner. Filled with warmth and humour' --Travellers' Times
'heart-warming reminiscences' --The Sunday Post
In the third and final book of Jess Smith's autobiographical trilogy, Jess traces her eventful life with Dave and their three children, from their earliest years together. Their adventures and achievements are interspersed with stories of her parents' childhood, her father's 'tall tales' and the eerie echoes of ghosts and hauntings that she has heard from gypsies and travellers over many years. Fans of Jess Smith will not be disappointed with her latest memoir, full of more unforgettable characters and insight into the travellers' way of life, a tradition that stretches back more than 2000 years and survives in the rich oral tradition of its people.See all Product description
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Jess mournes the travelling lifestyle, both her own life on the road and the traveller lifestyle she knew, as the number of travellers drops as more take up the settled life. Her heart is truly traveller, and she finds it hard to settle, proving that you can take the traveller off the road but you cannot take the road out of the traveller.
It is a delightful book however. The magic of her storytelling is still there. So is the warmth Jess has for her fellow humans, her compassion and her close family ties.
I am sad to reach the end of that triology.