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.'
The People of the Sea : Celtic Tales of the Seal-Folk by David Thomson
'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
Publication date: 04/08/2011
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
|Publication date:||4th August 2011|
|Publisher:||Canongate Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, The Real World,|
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