Some Better Days Poems and Stories Mostly of the Scottish Highlands
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Why I wrote this book
I wrote the book to permanently preserve my memories of people and places I loved.
It is different because of the depth of knowledge and feelings or the fine people and great places I write about.
A reader should buy this book to gain deep and real pleasures of sharing my experiences.
Which three authors’ work would you compare your writing to? Gavin Maxwell ‘Ring of Bright Water’, Norman MacCaig’s poems about Assynt and Tom Weir’s books on climbing in the Scottish highlands.
A collection of poetry and short stories, in three parts, that celebrates the author's life in the Scottish Highlands and how observantly he worked with nature's varied wildlife there.
Part One is a collection of poems about his early years which reveal his wartime years in Glasgow. His post-war years of climbing on his deeply loved Scottish hills are also vividly described.
Part Two tells of the many years he lived in Assynt in the remote North West Scottish Highlands, where his life as a gamekeeper bought him into close touch with nature in this dramatically harsh, but fantastically beautiful landscape. Encounters with wildlife, including otters, killer whales and golden eagles, are vividly described. Long dead Assynt people including his wife and crofter and gamekeeper friends, are lovingly kept alive in some moving poems.
Part Three describes his quietly contented retirement years in Pitlochry, a pleasant Perthshire town where he grew to love the calmer, tree-lush beauty of the surrounding hilly landscape.