Book List in Order:18 titles


  • Lillian Beckwith takes us back to her childhood; to the years before the Second World War, when her father ran a small grocer's shop in a Cheshire town.It was typical of so many corner shops - the shops that are now more and more becoming just a memo...


  • Kirsty MacDonald is a crofter on the idyllic Westisle in the Hebrides, an island she now owns. Her son, Wee Ruari, has started school on the mainland, travelling by boat across the Sound to Clachan, and being separated from her son during the week is...


  • 'What but whisky will take the ache out of lovin', the fire out of a fever an' the meanness out of a miser?' challenges Tearlaich when 'Miss Peckwitt' teases him about his reverence for the 'water of life'. Of course she cannot tell him.Here in this ...


  • The life of a fisherman is a hard one. 'Mondays to Fridays he takes his boat to sea, Saturdays he takes his thirst to a pub, and Sundays he takes his wife to bed. And by God, by the time Monday morning's come around his wife is that sick of him that ...


  • He was a grey-black mongrel; tough canny, loyal - and abandoned. The fisherman called him The Spuddy.The only person to care for The Spuddy in the busy Hebridean village of Gaymal is Andy, a young mute boy staying in the town with relatives. For both...


  • On the Hebridean island of Bruach, life among the crofters is as happy and full of humour as ever. Beckwith tells enchanting tales about the islanders' wit, their canny resourcefulness and their gossipy interest in outsiders. There is Flora and the f...


  • When Lillian Beckwith first arrived in Bruach in the remote Hebrides, she was advised to 'always carry a rope - in case'. It was sensible advice, as the rope was useful for mending a fence, mooring a boat or securing the roof of the local taxi. Like ...


  • Kirsty MacLennan is the cook at Islay, a respectable guest-house in a Scottish suburb. When her employer retires and the irritable Isabel takes her place, Kirsty decides it is time to leave - but where will she go?Her dilemma is unexpectedly solved b...








  • TALL TALES FROM THE OUTER HEBRIDES. The March morning was full of mist; grey and inscrutable the swirling formations loped in from the sea to hover uncertainly over the village of Bruach so that the houses and crofts vanished and re-emerged in a cons...



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    In these eight short stories Lillian Beckwith packs in a rich cast of characters and seductive Highland settings. In the title story Catriona McRae embarks on married life and learns a closely guarded secret from her mother-in-law. 'The Banjimolly' f...


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    'The Lord puts the salmon in the river like he puts the berries on the trees. They're there for all of us, not just for the laird.' The Bruach islanders don't consider poaching a crime, more like a natural right. Fishermen Erchy and Hector are expert...


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    In The Loud Halo Lillian Beckwith serves up another delightful slice of Hebridean life and a collection of local characters. Meet Johnny Comic, Morag, Kirsty, Behag, Hector, Erchy and the postie - among others. Subjects for amusement include tourists...


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    Dear,' she said, and as she drew the boy forward with a gentle hand on his arm, Sandy got the impression that she had rehearsed this meeting many times. Dear, this is Thomas. Thomas this is himself, my husband. I think you've been told a lot more abo...


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    For Ruth and her three children their small island home is now a place of danger. An armed uprising has taken over and her husband is out to sea in his fishing boat. Escaping into the night, Ruth heads for Jeannie, her sister-in-law, but what she fin...