The People of the Sea : Celtic Tales of the Seal-Folk

by David Thomson

Biography / Autobiography The Real World

LoveReading View on The People of the Sea : Celtic Tales of the Seal-Folk

In an extraordinary exercise of historical reconstruction, David Thomson travels through the Hebrides and the west coast of Ireland, telling stories, centuries old, of the 'selchie' or grey Atlantic seal. His fascinating legends - narrative, lyrical and dramatic - explore love, loss, return and rescue, documenting a culture on the verge of dissolution.

 

With an introduction by Seamus Heaney who says:

'The People of the Sea survives not as a period piece but as a poetic achievement ... readers will be carried away on successive waves of pleasure ... these stories have an irresistible holistic beauty.'

Sarah Broadhurst

The People of the Sea : Celtic Tales of the Seal-Folk Synopsis

The People of the Sea : Celtic Tales of the Seal-Folk by David Thomson

The People of the Sea : Celtic Tales of the Seal-Folk Press Reviews

'The People of the Sea survives not as a period piece but as a poetic achievement ... readers will be carried away on successive waves of pleasure ... these stories have an irresistible holistic beauty.' - Seamus Heaney

If you loved this, you might like these...

Jo Malone: My Story
You Left Early
First Man In Leading from the Front
Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather Fashion, Fury and Feminism - Women's Fight for Change

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780857861856
Publication date: 04/08/2011
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857861856
Publication date: 4th August 2011
Author: David Thomson
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, The Real World,
Categories:

About David Thomson

David Thomson (1914-1988) was born in India of Scottish parents. After returning to Britain, he sustained an eye injury when aged eleven. This made school impossible for him until the age of fourteen and impaired his vision for the rest of his life. He was sent to stay with his grandmother in Nairn, and taught by private tutors. During and after university, Thomson took tutoring jobs, staying with one family in Ireland for almost ten years. These Scottish and Irish experiences were explicitly translated into his writing, most particularly in Nairn in Darkness and Light (1987), and Woodbrook (1974). From 1943 Thomson spent ...

More About David Thomson

Share this book