Night Falls on Ardnamurchan: The Twilight of a Crofting Family

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Birlinn, Limited, Nov 1, 2001 - Fiction - 223 pages
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Since its first publication in 1984, Night Falls on 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.

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User Review  - jerryhall - LibraryThing

Found the language a bit difficult to get hold of but persevered and it was worth it. Fascinating insight into a decline of a way of life and his family? Couldn't work out why his relationship with his sister was so poor. Read full review

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User Review  - Jerry Hall - Goodreads

Found the language a bit difficult to get hold of but persevered and it was worth it. Fascinating insight into a decline of a way of life and his family? Couldn't work out why his relationship with his sister was so poor. Read full review

About the author (2001)

Alasdair MacLean, born in Glasgow of Highland stock, left school at fourteen to work in the Clydeside shipyards. National Service in the Merchant Marine followed and then service in the British and Indian Armies. He returned to Scotland to read English at Edinburgh University before returning home to Sanna in Ardnamurchan. A poet of some repute, this is his only book of non fiction.

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