Sandstone Press

The Kerracher Man by Eric MacLeod

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781908737786
Publication Date: 17/04/2014
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The Kerracher Man

Eric MacLeod

Back in the 70s when the world lived in smock tops and flares, Eric and Ruth MacLeod took themselves and their two small daughters off to an abandoned crofthouse in the remotest quarter of the West Highlands. Rocky and windswept it was an unlikely Eden, even after they cleared the dead sheep from the living room floor. Here they remained for sixteen years, reconstructing the building and making a home, learning to shear and attending creels, introducing electricity and running small businesses.

While the ethos of the world around them descended from idealism into ‘getting and spending’ they learned real independence. They also made a life that included the wild creatures of moor and shore, accommodation with the unpredictable sea, and the friendship of many great characters, some of them fellow crofters, some escapees from the House of Lords. ‘Who has adventures like us?’ Eric asked. Their story was played out in a landscape of hills and coast, a place of incomparable beauty that remains unspoiled to this day.

Eric MacLeod

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Eric MacLeod was born in Dingwall in the Highlands. His early post graduate career was in Accountancy in London, but he made a life change at the age of thirty to become a crofter and self-employed...

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‘In clear, uncluttered writing this is a tale of honest, back-breaking toil in one of the most challenging mountain seascapes of the Highlands...’
-John Lister-Kaye