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The Wicker Man by Robin  Hardy
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'Much has been said of the strumpets of yore
Of wenches and bawdy house queens by the score
But I sing of a baggage that we all adore,
The Landlord's Daughter . . . '

'. . . Her ale it is lively and strong to the taste
It is brewed with discretion and never with haste
You can have all you like
If you swear not to waste
The Landlord's Daughter . . .'


A novel based on the film of the same name, and written by its writer and director. I liked the beginning, seeing Sergeant Howie and Mary together, guarding the golden eagle nest and I definitely felt I knew more about him from reading the book. There was more detail about the paganism of the islanders, and more interaction between Lord Summerisle and the policeman. There were a few things, however, that didn't work as well as in the film, notably Willow's dancing, singing and pounding the walls outside Howie's room at the pub, which was only shown from Howie's point of view, and didn't have the same impact as seeing Britt Ekland doing it, while the interminable discussions between Lord Summerisle and Howie became tedious after a while.
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