A Rope In Case

Author: Lillian Beckwith
Publisher: House of Stratus
ISBN: 075510272X
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When Lillian Beckwith first arrived in Bruach in the remote Hebrides, she was advised to 'always carry a rope - in case'. It was sensible advice, as the rope was useful for mending a fence, mooring a boat or securing the roof of the local taxi. Like The Sea for Breakfast and The Loud Halo, this is another collection of tales about island life, packed with humorous incidents and people with charming characters.

The Hills Is Lonely

Author: Lillian Beckwith
Publisher: House of Stratus
ISBN: 075510269X
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When Lillian Beckwith advertised for a secluded place in the country, she received a letter with the following unusual description of an isolated Hebridean croft: 'Surely it's that quiet even the sheeps themselves on the hills is lonely and as to the sea it's that near as I use it myself everyday for the refusals…' Her curiosity aroused, Beckwith took up the invitation. This is the comic and enchanting story of the strange rest cure that followed and her efforts to adapt to a completely different way of life.

The Sea For Breakfast

Author: Lillian Beckwith
Publisher: House of Stratus
ISBN: 0755102703
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Lillian Beckwith's settling in on the island of Bruach and having a croft of her own, is the basis of these comic adventures. Adapting to a totally different way of life provides many excuses for humour and the eccentric cast of characters guarantees there is never a dull moment on Bruach. In one story beachcombing yields a strange find. In another a Christmas party results in a riotous night's celebrations.

Beautiful Just

Author: Lillian Beckwith
Publisher: House of Stratus
ISBN: 0755102770
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On the Hebridean island of Bruach, life among the crofters is as happy and full of humour as ever. Beckwith tells enchanting tales about the islanders' wit, their canny resourcefulness and their gossipy interest in outsiders. There is Flora and the fancy dress dance, beachcombing, winkle gathering, Highland cattle and a stag - among many other characters and animals. Based on Beckwith's own experiences.

An Island Apart

Author: Lillian Beckwith
Publisher: House of Stratus
ISBN: 0755102843
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Island-born Kirsty MacLennan marries Ruari MacDonald in order to escape city life and a menial job in a guesthouse and return to her beloved homeland. As she rediscovers her roots and adapts to married life on the idyllic Westisle, there is only one thing standing in the way of her future happiness - the brooding presence of her brother-in-law who shares her and her husband's home.

Bruach Blend

Author: Lillian Beckwith
Publisher: House of Stratus
ISBN: 0755102797
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Meet some familiar - and some less familiar - inhabitants of Bruach. Back with more comical escapades are Erchy and Morag, the philandering Hector and Hamish, with his unusual talent for nursing lambs. We meet also Bonny the cow, Crumley the bull, and Harry the hedgehog that make up 'Miss Peckwitt's colourful and uncontrollable collection of animals and other livestock'.

Lightly Poached

Author: Lillian Beckwith
Publisher: House of Stratus
ISBN: 0755102754
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'The Lord puts the salmon in the river like he puts the berries on the trees. They're there for all of us, not just for the laird.' The Bruach islanders don't consider poaching a crime, more like a natural right. Fishermen Erchy and Hector are experts, but they are not the only ones tempted. Even a visiting vicar succumbs. In this collection of tales about her eccentric island friends, Lillian Beckwith sees the funny side of many a strange situation.

A Shine Of Rainbows

Author: Lillian Beckwith
Publisher: House of Stratus
ISBN: 0755102800
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Mairi and Sandy live on a lonely Hebridean island, content with each other - despite their lack of children. When Mairi brings home Thomas, a child from the orphanage, Sandy is jealous of Mairi's affection for him and disappointed in the boy's stammer and fragility. With time, Thomas grows in confidence and draws nearer to his foster mother, but still Sandy keeps an emotional distance - until tragedy results in a new understanding.

Island Of Wings

Author: Karin Altenberg
Publisher: House of Anansi
ISBN: 1770890513
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Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction July, 1830. On the ten-hour sail west from the Hebrides to the islands of St. Kilda, everything lies ahead for Lizzie and Neil McKenzie. Neil is to become the minister to the small community of islanders, and Lizzie, his new wife, is pregnant with their first child. As the two adjust to life on an exposed archipelago on the edge of civilization, where the natives live in squalor and subsist on a diet of seabirds, and babies perish mysteriously in their first week, their marriage -- and their sanity -- is threatened. Is Lizzie a wilful temptress drawing him away from his faith? Is Neil’s zealous Christianity unhinging into madness? And who, or what, is haunting the moors and cliff-tops? Exquisitely written and profoundly moving, Island of Wings is a richly imagined novel about two people struggling to keep their love, and their family, alive in a place of terrible hardship and tumultuous beauty.

A Proper Woman

Author: Lillian Beckwith
Publisher: House of Stratus
ISBN: 0755102827
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Anna is a child living in a remote Hebridean community when she meets the enigmatic and romantic Jimmy Pearl. She carries the memory of their meeting through to adult life - a life that is full of hardships. Anna's parents die and her brother and his wife sell the family croft, forcing Anna into a loveless marriage with the heartless Fergus. Anna doesn't reckon on the return of Jimmy Pearl however...