One of Seton Gordon's greatest works concentrates on the Hebrides of Scotland in the post-First World War years as the islands tried to regain their composure and re-establish their social order. Gordon's prose recounts not only the way of life of the people but also the wildlife and wilderness in a classic memoir of a pattern of existence of which only sparse remnants now remain, and which is forever threatened. PART I: SPRING MEMORIES I A SEA-GIRT HOME OF THE PEREGRINE; II A HILL LOCH AND ITS BIRDS; III A HEBRIDEAN PASS IN SPRING; IV A WESTERN CORRIE AND ITS WILDLIFE; V A MAY SNOWFALL IN THE HEBRIDES; VI THE WHOOPER SWAN; VII A DEER FOREST OF THE WEST; VIII STULAVAL; PART II: SUMMER MEMORIES IX A WESTERN HAUNT OF THE PTARMIGAN; X LOCH CORODALE -- A HILL-SET TARN; XI BEINN MHOR OF SOUTH UIST; XII SUMMER SHIELINGS; XIII A UIST HEADLAND; PART III: AUTUMN, WINTER AND OTHER MEMORIES XIV THE FISH OF THE HOWMORE; XV HEKLA: A PEAK OF SOUTH UIST; PART IV: SOME BIRDS OF THE HEBRIDES; XVI A WINTER CLIMB: BEINN MOR MULL; XVII WINTER ON BEINN CRUACHAN; XVIII THE SERPENT OF GLEN MOR; XIX THE ISLAND PIPER ; XX THE LIFE OF A HEBRIDEAN CROFTER OF SOUTH UIST; XXI A HEBRIDEAN EMIGRATION XXII THE TWITE, OR MOUNTAIN LINNET; XXIII THE DUNLIN ; XXIV THE LESSER TERN; XXV THE COMMON GULL; XXVI THE SHORT-EARED OWL; XXVII THE HEN HARRIER; XXVIII THE DECREASE OF GAME BIRDS IN THE WEST
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