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The Heart is Highland

Maisie Steven

Maisie knew practically everyone in Glen Urquhart – but that was how life was in a Scottish glen. Frightening, perhaps, to the city dweller, but not to the lover of the Highland way of life. Steep hills, wild moors and fathomless lochs were the backdrop to the scenes from her childhood, so vividly described in this delightful and moving book. And always, behind it all, lay a strong sense of right and wrong, taught and reinforced by family, teachers and friends.

The Heart is Highland is a fascinating month-by-month account of a child's life in the Scottish Highlands in the thirties and forties. The ceilidhs, the Gaelic Mod, raspberry picking, the beauty of the first snowdrops and primroses and the characters who passed in and out of her life. Hardship and adventure combine with a strong sense of the value of life, the beauty of nature and the importance of humour, not forgetting the excellence of the traditional Scots diet.

This new, updated edition of Maisie's heartwarming memoirs will appeal to all who love Scotland or cherish the day-to-day mysteries of childhood.


"Maisie Steven's delightful memoir is, inevitable, tinged with sadness…it brings back an age not so much of innocence as of integrity."
The Scotsman





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