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Publication Date
16 June 2015
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Ltd

Para Handy

Edited by Brian D. Osborne and Ronald Armstrong


eBook also available from the iBookstore

‘Comic genius to rival Widehouse… His dialogue, characters and social vignettes, all drawn with the most delicate touch as if he is almost accidentally creating a scene, are masterful… There is no better depiction of the western fringe of Scotland in this era’ – Herald

Para Handy has been sailing his way into the affections of generations of Scots since he first weighed anchor in the pages of the Glasgow Evening News in 1905. The master mariner and his crew – Dougie the mate, Macphail the engineer, Sunny Jim and the Tar – all play their part in evoking the irresistible atmosphere of a bygone age when puffers sailed between West Highland ports and the great city of Glasgow.

This definitive edition contains all three collections published in the author’s lifetime, as well as those that were unpublished and a new story which was discovered in 2001. Extensive notes accompany each story, providing fascinating insights into colloquialisms, place-names and historical events. This volume also includes a wealth of contemporary photographs, depicting the harbours, steamers and puffers from the age of the Vital Spark.

Neil Munro (1863–1930), a native of Inveraray, was a journalist by profession and for many years was the editor of the Glasgow Evening News. He is best known for his comic tales about Para Handy, but he also produced a number of historical and contemporary novels, as well as poetry and non-fiction.