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26 July 2013
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A Season in Strathglass


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'A beautifully written and highly enjoyable romp through the magical glens of one of the Scottish Highlands' prettiest corners' – Scottish Field

'An affectionate, wry, intimate and witty portrait of the people who inhabit a sense of place' – Scots Magazine

'John Fowler offers a fascinating portrait of this remarkable land and its people' – Press and Journal

The three Scottish Highland glens of Affric, Cannich and Strathfarrar which make up Strathglass are places of craggy hills, ancient pinewoods and many waters. John Fowler has made frequent journeys there during which he has spent time with deerstalkers, joined naturalists on moorland surveys and wandered among the ancient pines of the Caledonian forest. He also met a cast of remarkable characters: Sister Petra Clare, a nun who creates lustrous religious icons; Stuart, whose home is like a hobbit's, a cabin of delights which he constructed in the woods to fit his modest stature; George, man of many trades, living encyclopedia of all things local and eloquent raconteur; Old Duncan , prince of stalkers, a hale ninety-something whose vivid reminiscences of life in the glen make fascinating reading; Iain Thomson, guardsman, shepherd, cattleman, deep-sea sailor, farmer now turned author; and a host of others. In this book John Fowler offers a fascinating, poignant and affectionate portrait of this remarkable land and its people.

John Fowler has been a feature writer, leader writer and columnist for several newspapers in Scotland and has also worked in radio. For fourteen years he was Arts Editor for The Herald. He has written several plays, notably Whaur's Yer Willie Wallace Noo? and a number of books, including Have You Seen the Glories? about his experiences climbing hills at home and abroad, and Landscapes and Lives, in which he describes the trees and fluctuating forest cover of Scotland through the ages and their influence on people.