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- Publisher: BIRLINN LTD
- Format: Paperback | 176 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 18mm | 227g
- Publication date: 1 May 2008
- Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
- ISBN 10: 1841586900
- ISBN 13: 9781841586908
- Sales rank: 289,184
At the age of 10, Rowena Farre left the security of her parents' home in India and was sent to live with her aunt on a lonely croft in the wild and remote Highlands of Scotland. During her stay in Sutherland, she drew strength from the isolation of her new life, gaining an understanding of nature and a sense of identity. She was inspired to write "Seal Morning", the story of her unusual childhood and close friendships with a talented seal, two mischievous squirrels, a beautiful red deer and a host of other wild animals. Full of Celtic folklore and ancient wisdom, it is an enchanting representation of an idyllic private world. In a fascinating afterword, Maurice Fleming discusses the few known facts about the Highland years and later life of Rowena Farre, a mysterious figure who shunned publicity and remained elusive to the end.
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Rowena Farre was born in India, where she spent the early years of her life. She later moved to Scotland to live with her aunt, travelled around Britain with gypsies and undertook a spiritual journey to the Himalayas. Seal Morning was her first autobiographical work, followed by A Time from the World and Beckoning Land. She died aged 57 in 1979.