Clap Hands for the Singing Molecatcher

Scenes from a Scottish Childhood

By Roderick Grant

Format: Multiple Formats

Presents an account of the writer's childhood on a remote country estate in Morayshire in the 1940s and 1950s; a place where isolated hill farms, limitless moorland and the rock-strewn banks of wild, tumbling rivers became the backdrop for a variety of adventures and experiences.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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Laughter, tragedy and dramatic incident thread their way through the life of a growing boy and the lives of the people he observes. Roderick Grant's book is not merely one of nostalgic recall. It is a richly evocative memoir of a time and place when horses still drew ploughs and children walked seven miles or more each day to reach their school; and where shepherd and gamekeeper, farmer and labourer, forester, railway worker, teacher, laird and minister, and their families, were all part of a community, close-knit in its isolation from the changing post-war world.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 26 Mar 2007
SKU 9781841585956-grouped
Number of Pages 208

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'a detailed, loving and always interesting recollection of an adventurous Scottish childhood, refreshingly honest about the dawn of sexual awareness' 

'I was captivated . . . Grant's evocative style, with humour never far away, recalls H.E. Bates and the best of his country writing'

'Beg, borrow or buy a copy today, I promise that you will be entranced'

'Evocative and lively'

'Vividly paints the sights, smells, events and characters of rural Scotland in such a comedic way that it is hard not to laugh out loud'

'Absolutely fascinating ... beautifully written'

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