Wild Harbour

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Canongate, 1989 - Fiction - 175 pages
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This is the world of universal future war. Faced with the threat of bombs, bacteriological warfare and poison gas, a married couple whose pacificism complels them to opt out of 'civilisation', take to the hills to live as fugitives in the wild.

Plainly and simply told, Wild Harbour charts the practical difficulties, the successes and failures of living rough in the beautiful hills of remote Speyside. In this respect the book belongs to a tradition of Scottish fiction reflected in novels such as Stevenson's Kidnapped and Buchan's John MacNab. But it takes a darker and more contemporary turn, for although Hugh and his wife Terry learn to fend for themselves, they cannot escape from what the world has become. Their brief summer idyll is brought to an end as the forces of random and meaningless violence close over them.

Written in 1936, Wild Harbour has lost none of its relevance in a post-nuclear age, nor its power to move and shock.

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User Review  - sushicat - LibraryThing

In this book, written in 1936, WW2 starts in 1944. Weeks before it starts, Hugh and Terry sit with their friend Duncan and consider alternatives to fighting in another useless, senseless, cruel war ... Read full review

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User Review  - mkboylan - LibraryThing

Three stars and yet, I'm glad I read it. Not the best reading I've experienced, but very interesting information. Hugh and Terry are married and live in pre WWII Scotland. As they see others joining ... Read full review

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About the author (1989)

Ian Macpherson (1905-1944) was born in Forres and educated at Newtonmore, Laurencekirk and Mackie Academy, Stonehaven. He graduated from Aberdeen University in 1928 with a first class honours degree in English. He spent the next two years writing his first novel Shephard's Calendar which was published in 1931. This book, which has been compared to Grassic Gibbon's Sunset Song, draws on a rural background to tell of a young man's growth to maturity in a farming community dominated by hard toil and the influence of the seasons.

Macpherson continued to live in his native north east, working at farming, broadcasting and writing. In the next five years he produced three further novels, including Land of Our Fathers (1933) and Pride in the Valley (1936), which are set in Speyside. His last book, Wild Harbour (1936), is also set in the Highlands, but it tells of the world detroyed by a future war, forebodings of which were already discernible in Europe.

Ian Macpherson died in a motorcycle accident in 1944.

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