My Friends the Miss Boyds

My Friends the Miss Boyds

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.7 x 23.1mm | 408.24g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Large Print Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0753159392
  • 9780753159392

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An engaging account of a small corner of Ross-shire, in the highlands of Scotland, is framed in the memories of Janet, who, looking backwards on her 8-9 year old self, tells of family, friends and neighbors with observant, believably child-like integrity. Here are the standards of Reachfar, the small croft which demands much of her grandparents, parents, uncle George and the handyman Tom - not to mention young Janet, and there are Sir Torquil Daviot and his "Leddy" Lydia and all the village people - everyone, in spite of their correct propriety, in spite of the tight little community, really of warm heart and kind intent. This is proved by the Miss Boyds - three, then six, maiden sisters whose town manners and flirty ways are frowned on until the scandal of the youngest's pregnancy. The Boyds' decision to put the baby out for adoption results in the mother's retreat into mindlessness and still further into suicide, which joins them all in sorrow and guilt. Janet's ears and eyes miss nothing - of the croft chores, her grandmother's stern fairness and strange abilities as spae-wife (witch); the pranks of George and Tom who are besides her understanding friends; the dangers of Jock Skinner, an unpunished rascal; the great events of the coal boat, Harvest Home, the unusual quality of the day of the Armistice, the peculiar events of Prize Day, and the unforgettable "persons" - the Clydesdale horses, her collie, Fly, and her weasel, Angus.... This records the indelible impress of a childhood area, of a curiosity that would not be denied, of a close, busy but loved, family life - all in thick textured local idiom and an extemporaneous - and healthy effervescence. NICE. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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