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.