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Spade Among the Rushes

by Margaret Leigh

£7.99

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ISBN: 9781912476169
Published: 10 May 2018
Format: Paperback
Extent: 192
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Origin
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About the Book

One of very few books available on Moidart in the north-west of Scotland, it evokes the enchanted, magical beauty of this much-loved area of
the country. Margaret Leigh was already a successful author when her longing for freedom and independence led to her decision to become
a crofter in the West Highlands. These memoirs describe her attempts to transform a deserted croft into a home, and her struggles to snatch
land back from the wilderness. Although far from the Blitz, the effects of the war are felt throughout the Highlands, and the rationing of food
and vital materials, the battles with bureaucrats who had no understanding of a crofter’s needs, and even the appearance of a Nazi mine off the
coast, all frustrate Margaret Leigh’s efforts. But despite the hardships, the land and the people of the Highlands gave her a contentment and
happiness she had never known before.
This edition features an Introduction by Katie Maclean, who knew Margaret Leigh during her time in Moidart.


The Author

Margaret Leigh

Margaret Leigh was the author of Driftwood and Tangle, Spade Among the Rushes, Highland Homespun, Harvest of the Moor and MyKingdom for a Horse. She was born in London in 1894, the cousin of novelist Dorothy L. Sayers and the daughter of an Oxford don. Herchildhood was spent wandering Europe and beyond for her father’s health, and following his death she became a governess, teacher anduniversity lecturer. In what would become a life-long habit, Margaret changed tack dramatically and turned to agriculture to support herself andher mother, studying the subject and working farms and crofts, most notably in the north west of Scotland. She died in 1973.