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on 29 September 2015
Really beautifully put together lovely illustrations. so interesting to read. so much I didn't know about the happenings on St Kilda. the author and illustrator live locally so added incentive. I actually bought it for a present for Christmas and can't part with it.
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on 28 December 2016
Excellent book,highly engrossing. Love the mixture off fun tales (clockwork gannets) poem illustrated by fine art. A winning combination
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on 14 February 2014
just fascinating,entertaining story-telling borne from a real deep love of the people and the Islanders way of life and customs.
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on 23 February 2015
Unusual book which was very informative and enjoyable if one knew about the island beforehand
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on 4 May 2014
An account by a Hebridean about the community on the distant island of St Kilda which is 40 miles from Lewis, or 3 hours trip in a very fast boat. Whereas they have been portrayed as idiots and curiosities, the author describes the dignity of island life.
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VINE VOICEon 5 August 2015
This slightly odd book is a collection of odd anecdotes and poems about the customs (or alleged customs) of the inhabitants of the abandoned Hebridean island of St Kilda, particularly in the period leading up to the evacuation of the remaining population in 1930. It is told within the framework of a story where a man is sent back to the island shortly after the evacuation to guard the deserted houses, as they have been ransacked by fishermen, and he is told these anecdotes by the supposed spirits of the former inhabitants (though they would almost all still have been alive then, presumably). I didn't think this approach works, as it wasn't clear which were "real" stories of the St Kildans and which were invented/embellished/conflated for the purpose of the fictional framework. In a sense, I guess it doesn't matter, but all the same this didn't work for me, despite my long standing fascination for this island and its culture.
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