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With ten books to his name and countless storytelling visits to far-flung places, Williamson is widely known and much lauded for his storytelling. This autobiography tells of his life's work as a traveller, hawking his wares, collecting stories, and now as an international storyteller, the mouthpiece for his nomadic forbears. Son, grandson and great-grandson of nomadic tin-smiths, basket-makers, pipers and storytellers, Duncan Williamson describes his travelling life. The narrative takes him from a childhood on the shores of Loch Fyne, to work on the small hill farms in summer, walking with barrows and prams, and later with horse and cart the length and breadth of Scotland. He recalls camping with hundreds of traveller families from the 1940s to the 1960s, his marriage to cousin Jeannie Townsley and all the various traditional skills and arts which must be perfected for a man to maintain his family adequately. The narrative, based on 30 hours of taped recordings, tells of the traveller trades, construction of tents, maps of routes travelled, traditional camping sites, stories, songs, music and cures which have been the express knowledge of the travelling people of Scotland, and a keystone in their survival down through the ages. Local legends, traveller's beliefs and customs are all narrated in a perfectly natural context - within the traveller "horseman's" experiences - portraying the character and strength of Scotland's most distinctive race.
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Book Description Canongate Books Ltd, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. One closed tear to dustwrapper. Otherwise presentable copy. Seller Inventory # 034987
Book Description Canongate Books Ltd, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Hard cover. Former owner's name to ffep. Very minor shelf wear to DJ. Straight, sharp, clean boards. Internally very clean and crisp. Clean edges to text-block. Feel free to email for additional images - very nice copy. Seller Inventory # 002984
Book Description Canongate Books Ltd, Edinburgh, 1994. Hardback. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. Illustrated sepia d/jkt, unclipped; lightly marked; some liquid damage (visible on inside of d/jkt), but not otherwise worn. Dk brown boards; faint traces of liquid damage on front, but otherwise clean and bright; gilt titling, bright. B/w illustrations. ; 8vo (6 1/4" x 9 1/2"); 276 pages. Seller Inventory # 20113
Book Description Canongate Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. signed inscription on the front end paper, best wishes from Lindsey and Duncan Williamson 16/6/95, illustrated, 276 pages. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 016277
Book Description Canongate Press, 1994. Brown Cloth. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +. First Edition. 276pp. Although the book is ex-library it is in very good condition and only has the library catalogue number on it. The dustjacket has been protected with a film cover and it is not price-clipped. The book tells the story of a traveller's life and covers the breadth of Scotland. The narrative is based on taped recordings and describes the traveller trades and traditional camping sites, etc. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Seller Inventory # 000594