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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

Part of the The Canons Series
Biography / Autobiography   The Real World   

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

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.

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'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.'

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

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'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

About the Author

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 twenty-six years working for the BBC as a writer and producer of radio documentaries, writing many distinguished programmes. His love of the natural world, rural communities and oral traditions came together in the unforgettable style of The People of the Sea, his first book. He met his wife in 1952, whilst working for UNESCO, and continued to write fiction, children's fiction and non-fiction until his death.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th August 2011

Author

David Thomson

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World

Folklore, myths & legends
Myth & legend told as fiction

ISBN

9780857861856

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