September is a special month for S.R.Crockett and this year more special than many with the re-opening of his Memorial site and the republication (in a new edition) of his literary biography. So this month two of our recommends are Crockett related.
First up is Volume 2 of Cally Phillips’ series ‘Discovering Crockett’s Galloway.’ Volume 1 dealt with ‘Crockett Country’ which is more or less the Galloway hills area. Volume 2 broadens out. Titled ‘Islands and Inland’ it covers the islands, caves and coast of the Solway in Part One and in Part Two goes inland to the Glenkens ‘heartland.’ It’s a great entry level read into Crockett’s work as well as offering a ‘guide’ to some tourist (and beyond tourist) spots in Galloway.
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First published in 1989 ‘The Life and Work of Samuel Rutherford Crockett’ by Dr Islay Murray Donaldson has been out of print for far too long. Thirty years on it is still the definitive (and only) literary biography of Crockett. This new paperback edition is published posthumously with the loss of pictures more than compensated for by the addition of a ‘lost’ chapter on Crockett’s fiction for children which didn’t make the cut into the original edition. Part historical biography, part literary critique it offers if not a comprehensive, then at least a very interesting perspective on Crockett’s life and work – does what it says on the tin – and again offers an interesting background into the man, hopefully encouraging readers to pick the original fiction up for themselves with an idea of what to look for and why they might want to be looking in the first place.
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And with all those celebrations, its no surprise that our third pick features drink! Soon to be released in a new film version, ‘Whisky Galore’ by Sir Compton Mackenzie is at times funny but at times thought provoking commentary on the impact of the 2nd world war on those in the Scottish islands. If you’ve enjoyed the 'old' film we can recommend going back to source – or why not read the book before you see the 'new' film version. Here at unco we think (almost always) the book is best.
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