A Rope - In Case by Lillian Beckwith ; Decorations by Douglas Hall
London : Hutchinson, 1968. First British Edition. Stated. Hardcover. 192 pages ; illustrated ; 22 cm. 21 Shilling dust jacket with minimal wear. Gift inscription on front free endpaper. No other markings elsewhere within book. Binding is firm.
A Rope—in Case
When Lillian Beckwith first came to Bruach, the Hebrides, she was told: 'Always carry a rope — in case'. And whether it was for repairing a fence, tying up a boat or securing the roof of the local taxi, there was no denying the wisdom of it.
'Miss Peckwitt' — and her rope — are now firmly part of Bruach. Accepted by her neighbours as a true crofter, she battles with them against the wind to attend her cow or to cut peat for the winter — no longer the invalid of THE HILLS IS LONELY. But she is as observant as ever, and A ROPE —IN CASE is packed with hilarious stories and delightful characters, from severe Miss Parry, whose knitting brought more laughter and hard work to its recipients than warmth, to Angus, whose wedding breakfast was enjoyed by everyone except his cousin-the gamekeeper. Old friends, like Morag and Hector are here as well, ready with help and often bizarre advice on every occasion.
Lillian Beckwith's three previous books on Bruach have sold over 180,000 copies. Admirers of THE HILLS IS LONELY, THE SEA FOR BREAKFAST and THE LOUD HALO know the reason. New readers will not take long to do so.
As before, Douglas Hall's decorations have perfectly captured the charm and humour of life the Islands.
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