This is an account of life in a fishing community on the east coast of Scotland seen through the eyes of a young boy.
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* With its Bible-size characters, its feeling for workaday rhythms and the cycle of seasons, its tall and grisly tales of storms and wrecks, whales and sharks, witches and fetches, drownings and exhumations, it does convey a sense of that fatalistic awe which the sea inspired in those deeply devout fishing communities. Times Literary Supplement * ... a magical memory of childhood ... powerful, vivid, evocative, funny, awesome, loving and so assured in its writing it catches the breath. Glasgow HeraldAbout the Author:
Christopher Rush was born in 1944 in St Monans, a fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife. He was educated there and at Waid Academy in Anstruther, before going on to read English at the University of Aberdeen. There he excelled as a scholar and was an English Medal winner. He has since won five Scottish Arts Council Bursaries, two SAC Book Awards and was short-listed for the McVitie's Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. Between 1969 and 1999 he taught English at George Watson's College, Edinburgh. A Twelvemonth and a Day was first published in 1985 and is a semi-autobiographical account of the first twelve years of a boy's life, about the golden days before experience imposes itself and limits exploration of the world. In 2005 it was chosen by The List magazine as one of the 100 Best Scottish Books of All Time. It has also been made into a highly successful film, Venus Peter (1988), for which Rush co-wrote the screenplay. Rush's many other publications include a poetry collection, A Resurrection of a Kind (1984), two short story collections, Peace Comes Dropping Slow (1983) and Into the Ebb (1989), two novels, Last Lesson of the Afternoon (1994), Will (2007), a children's book, Venus Peter Saves the Whale (1992), and two volumes of memoirs, To Travel Hopefully: Journal of a Death Not Foretold (2005) and Hellfire and Herring (2007). He is currently working on his third novel, Penelope's Web: Odysseus Unravelled.
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Book Description Elsevier Science Ltd 10/06/1985, 1985. Book Condition: used-good. - GREAT BOOK IN GOOD OR BETTER CONDITION, NORMALLY SENT SAME DAY FROM WAREHOUSE. Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9780080324289
Book Description Elsevier Science Ltd 10/06/1985, 1985. Book Condition: used-good. - GREAT BOOK IN GOOD OR BETTER CONDITION, NORMALLY SENT SAME DAY FROM WAREHOUSE. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9780080324289
Book Description Elsevier Science Ltd 10/06/1985, 1985. Book Condition: used-good. GREAT BOOK IN GOOD OR BETTER CONDITION, NORMALLY SENT SAME DAY FROM WAREHOUSE. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9780080324289
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002259804
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Book Description Aberdeen Univ Pr, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. 0080324282 Ex-library with all the usual marks and stamps. Content bright. Blank page been removed. DJ has little tears to edges and little sticker to spine end. Bookseller Inventory # WF-JV-R280-A10-00025
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Book Description Aberdeen University Press, 1985. 1st Edition 8vo 235 x 160mm. 265pp Hardcover with dust jacket in as new condition. 'I think water was the first thing I was ever conscious of - the sound of the living sea. This was to be my first and final language', writes Christopher Rush in this striking evocation of a place and an era - the East Neuk of Fife in the 1920s and 1930s, the last great days of the Scottish herring fishing and the steam drifters. In this book we share with Rush the mystery and the magic of ships and the sea. We also become part of a personal story told with both tenderness and passion, a story of a family and a community, of church and school, of childhood and of the changing years. We see too, the wider picture - of what makes communities and cultures live and what makes them die, in this case 'chased out of existence by thoughtless greed. Bookseller Inventory # 001325