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Night Falls on Ardnamurchan: The Twilight of a Crofting Family

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Since its first publication in 1984, 'Night Falls in 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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1995 by Penguin (first published September 1984)
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Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it liked it
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: spotted on Michael's profile and I thought 'oooh!'
Who would have thought winkle picking was so fraught with danger, and interesting to read about.
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Mar 22, 2014 Ian Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Subtitled 'The Twilight of a Crofting Family', poet author Alasdair Maclean captures the decline of a small farming community on the western edge of the British mainland with a raw, brutal and often bitter honesty. Based on his father's diaries and his own journal he describes the daily life of Sanna, a tiny Scottish village which lies on the rim of an ancient volcanic eruption.

This beautiful wild place has different memories for us - I spent a childhood caravanning holiday here in 1971, in the
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Sep 16, 2016 D.M. Murray rated it it was amazing
This I truly a hidden gem of Scottish writing.

The poet, Alasdair Maclean, writes with such emotion and description that it almost feels like music rather than a deep, personal story.

Ardnamurchan is the most Westerly point in mainland Britain. Located in Scotland, about halfway up and all the way West, it is a stunningly beautiful, remote, and wild place. I picked up this book at the Ardnamurchan lighthouse shop when spending a week near the little township of Portuairk, near Sanna Bay. It was ea
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Nov 03, 2010 Jerry Hall rated it really liked it
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.
Andy Ritchie
Jun 21, 2015 Andy Ritchie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not normally the type of book I read, but this was tremendous. Beautifully written with some wonderfully amusing and yet painfully poignant recollections.
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Mooi boek, vooral het deel dat over zijn vader gaat. Ik ken de streek, ben er zelfs meermalen geweest. Dat maakt het nog boeiender. Had soms dat zware gevoel op de solar plexus; heimwee!
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