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."