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This edition has information about two very different new books that we are stocking in the Bookshop and are keen to promote, although they are not published by House of Lochar.� There is also some news about recent and forthcoming House of Lochar titles.� All of these and of course Brian Hindmarch�s book of wonderful photos of Colonsay would make ideal Christmas gifts.�Colonsay � Elements of an Island�
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Did you know that you can order copies of any of the images in the book in almost any size you wish � another great idea for Christmas!!
"FAT BOY SWIM" � A Novel for Young Teens
By Catherine Forde
Jimmy Kelly is bullied & hides a secret he's sure would make them laugh still more - he's a talented cook. Asked to use his baking skills to help raise money at a charity swimathon, he dares to ask for something in return - to learn to swim.�
Catherine Forde has produced a huge hit with her latest novel, which like her first one is set in Glasgow. It was published by Egmont Children's in the summer. Cathy has been promoting it at the Edinburgh Book Festival and at bookshops around the country, but unfortunately we haven�t persuaded her to come to Colonsay yet!� Cathy�s first two novels �Think Me Back�, about the Clydebank Blitz and �The Finding�, a supernatural thriller were both published by House of Lochar and we are thrilled at her success.� As her name becomes more well-known so demand for �our� two titles have increased and the bigger bookstores are stocking them on a regular basis.�
"AFTER THE ICE" by Steven Mithen
Colonsay residents will remember Steven Mithen, whose extensive researches in Colonsay revealed the extraordinary Mesolithic settlement at Loch Staosnaig, dated to barely 1,000 years after the retreat of the glaciers. It will be remembered that he and his team produced fascinating educational material, gave valuable lectures and guided tours, and (rather annoyingly) de-bunked The Giant's Grave.
COMING SOON�The Founding Fish by John McPhee
Pulitzer Prize-winning John McPhee is the American who came to Colonsay about thirty years ago and then wrote a controversial account of the island and its people - The Crofter and the Laird.��� He enjoys almost cult status in the USA for his ability to enthrall his readers on almost any topic and has even written a best-seller about oranges!� Even those who don�t agree with everything he wrote in �The Crofter� are conscious of his pre-eminence among non-fiction writers.� House of Lochar has also published his �The Survival of the Birch Canoe� and is honoured to be publishing in the UK, this his most recent book.
This is John McPhee's twenty-sixth book published by Farrar Straus Giroux � all are still in print!� He writes on a wide variety of subjects and has a huge following in America.
McPhee is a shad fisherman. He waits all year for the short spring season when delicious American shad, largest member of the herring family, leave the ocean in hundreds of thousands and struggle heroic distances up river to spawn.
�So Strange a monster as a Jesuiste-The Society of Jesus in Sixteenth Century Scotland "
This recent book has been well reviewed though briefly in the Catholic Observer and in the Scotsman.� More recently the Catholic Herald has devoted nearly half a page to Mike�s book and calls it �a pioneer study that clears dense mist from an obscure enterprise�.