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Fireside Tales of the Traveller Children

Written by Duncan Williamson / Edited by Linda Williamson

£7.99

152 in stock

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ISBN: 9781912476480
Published: 23 May 2019
Format: Paperback
Extent: 224
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Origin
Categories:
Fiction
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About the Book

Duncan Williamson was a Scottish traveller who went on to become one of Britain’s master story-tellers. During his lifetime he was acclaimed ‘the greatest English-speaking storyteller’, ‘the national monument of British storytelling’ and, at his death, Scotland’s ‘greatest contemporary storyteller’. Fireside Tales, his first book, reveals this artistry and mastery in all its glory. This new edition is edited by his wife, Linda Williamson.

Fireside Tales is narrated with an intense commitment to generations of the travelling people, who used animal fables, wonder tales and splendid horror stories to instil in their children moral judgment and a knowledge of right and wrong. At every corner the technical skill of the narrator is revealed, his ingenious mixture of conversation and action, frequent change of pace, use of the first person – all attributes of the born storyteller which compel attention, where tension and excitement are at fever pitch throughout. With a universality that can relate to every reader, this book represents one of the great collections of traveller stories.


The Author

Duncan Williamson

With over ten books to his name, Duncan Williamson is one of the last, best-known of Scotland's traveler storytellers. His autobiography tells for the first time his own story of his life as a traveler, hawking his wares, collecting stories, and traveling through Scotland. He now lives in Fife.