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Way of the Wanderers

The Story of Travellers in Scotland

by Jess Smith

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ISBN: 9780857905659
Published: 05 Nov 2012
Format: E-Book
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
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About the Book

TV programmes like My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, books like Gypsy Boy and the recent disturbances at Dale Farm have created enormous interest in the history and lifestyle of gypsies. Scottish gypsies, known as travellers, have wandered Scotland's roads and byways for centuries, and their turbulent history is captured in this passionate book by Jess Smith, the bestselling author of Jessie's Journey. This is less a conventional history than a personal pilgrimage through the stories, songs and culture of a people for whom freedom is more important than security and a campfire under the stars is preferable to a warm hearth within stone walls. Settled society has always discriminated against travellers and Jess tells shocking stories of bullying, violence, the enforced break-up of families and separate schooling. But drawing on her own and her family's experiences, she also captures the magic and drama of days wandering the roads and working the land, and brings to life the travellers' rich and vibrant traditions.


The Author

Jess Smith

Jess Smith, one of Scotland's Travelling People, was raised on the road until she met and married her husband Dave, a non-Traveller. She left her old ways behind, but captured them through her writing. She is the author of Jessie's JourneyTales from the TentTears for a TinkerSookin Berries and The Way of the Wanderers.