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Children of the Black House

by Calum Ferguson


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SKU: 9781912476763 Category:
ISBN: 9781912476763
Published: 08 Aug 2019
Format: Paperback
Extent: 320
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Origin
Local history
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About the Book

Children of the Black House is a fascinating glimpse into life on the Hebridean island of Lewis from the closing years of the nineteenth century up to the 1950s. Calum Ferguson employs an unusual narrative technique, drawing on his mother Mairead's reminiscences, and presenting her experiences and conversation in the first person.

This is a fascinating account of a culture in transition; it records and preserves for twenty-first-century readers traditions and ways of life which have now gone for ever. Also this remarkable memoir is a treasury of personal recollections, traditional tales, and songs. It is illustrated throughout with photographs of Mairead, her family and friends.

The Author

Calum Ferguson

Born in Point, Lewis and educated at the Nicolson Institute and Aberdeen University, Calum Ferguson has had a varied career as a teacher and broadcaster. He is the author of a number of books in Gaelic and English. He now lives in Stornoway.