Night Falls on Ardnamurchan

The Twilight of a Crofting Family

By Alasdair Maclean

Format: Paperback

Weaves the author's own account of crofting with extracts from his father's journal - detailing the day-to-day tasks of crofting life. The book also reveals the author's own struggle to comes to terms with his background and the isolated Highland community to which he kept returning.

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Birlinn Limited

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SINCE ITS FIRST PUBLICATION in 1984, Night Falls in Ardnamurchan has become a classic account of the life and death of a Highland community. The author weaves his own humorous and perceptive account of crofting with extracts from his father's journal - a terse, factual and down to earth vision of the day-to-day tasks of crofting life. It is an unusual and memorable story that also illuminates the shifting, often tortuous relationships between children and their parents. Alasdair Maclean reveals his own struggle to come to terms with his background and the isolated community he left so often and to which he returned again and again. In this isolated community is seen a microcosm of something central to Scottish identity - the need to escape against the tug of home.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 19 Nov 2001
ISBN 9781841581590
Number of Pages 224

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'A master of elegant prose, and his book is a refreshing change from the usual diet of rural tales'

'A brutally honest account of the author's family's attempt to come to grips with an unyielding earth'

'Marvellous; part elegy for a bitterly uneven marriage of man and nature, part excuse for unravelling his own roots'

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