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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�

�12.99�� 1899863 33 8

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!!


SPOTLIGHT TITLES:

"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.

His latest publication is entitled "After the Ice - A Global Human History 20,000 - 5000 BC" and is of a work of astounding breadth and ambition. As the name suggests, it reviews exactly what was going on in the period following the Last Glacial Maximum, continent by continent. For continuity, he has a time-travelling "Everyman" in the Decameron tradition; this ploy can be rather awkward, but after the first chapter or two it proves to be very successful and enables the author to add the light and shade which is essential to his purpose.

At first, one might fear that a work of this nature would be highly technical, or else dumbed-down to the level of a BBC production; such fears would prove unfounded. Anyone who reads this book will find it thought-provoking and this reviewer freely admits that it proved mightily informative. It is bang up-to-date, reveals much anthropological and sociological detail, and is highly readable. Highlights include Chapter 22 and a reference to the "tiny settlement of Scalasaig, with its single shop and luxurious hotel�", also Chapter 17 and the effects of global warming. It would be wrong to spoil the story, but the author refers to temperature changes such as we may experience in our lifetime� it is hard to imagine "more than 17,000 cubic kilometres of sediment" which was dumped within hours along the east coast of Scotland.

This brief chapter is extraordinarily impressive, as is his final one. Steven Mithin chooses to close his work with a quotation from John Lubbock, 1865; hopefully he will not mind it being repeated here: "Even in our own time we may hope to see some improvement, but the unselfish mind will find its highest gratification in the belief that, whatever may be the case with ourselves, our descendants will understand many things which are hidden from us now, will better appreciate the beautiful world in which we live, avoid much of the suffering to which we are subject, enjoy many blessings of which we are not yet worthy, and escape many of the temptations which we deplore, but cannot wholly resist."

Write the details on a bit of paper and poke it up the chimney, or order now from Colonsay Bookshop. Published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, ISBN 0 297 64318 5, �25.00 (10% discount to island residents).


 

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.

  • Fishermen will recognize the passion and obsession in this book, which the Washington Post calls ��a masterpiece of fishing literature�. In McPhee�s hands the shad�s biology and history becomes fascinating and eminently engrossing for us all.
  • �John McPhee is one of the few writers who can make any topic readable� the Duke Ellington of non-fiction.������ USA Today
  • The Founding Fish is a worthy addition to the newly popular genre of the one-fish book (joining Mark Kurlansky�s best-selling Cod among others).��� Time��������� ������


 

�So Strange a monster as a Jesuiste-The Society of Jesus in Sixteenth Century Scotland "
by Michael Yellowlees

During the turbulent reigns of Mary Queen of Scotland and James VI, the Jesuits played a significant role in preserving Catholicism in the land of John Knox.This book examines the political and religious aims of the Society of Jesus at this time and, at a human level, tells the story of the small number of young Scots who joined one of the spiritual elites of the Catholic church and were revered or reviled by their countrymen.1 899863 88 5��� �18.99 HB

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�.


Neil Munro News
  • We now have a date for publication of Lesley Lendrum�s biography of her grandfather.�Neil Munro � The Biography� and it will be launched on 6th February 2004 � presumably to huge acclaim.
  • Later in the year we will also be publishing a new paperback edition of his Hebridean novel �Children of Tempest�.
  • A new edition of some of the Para Handy tales is available illustrated with watercolours by Hamish Haswell Smith(The Vital Spark 1902927788 �19.99).

 

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