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Peat Fire Memories
Life in Lewis in the early Twentieth Century
(Flashbacks No. 16)

Kenneth MacDonald

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Subject: Oral History
Crown octavo
ISBN 1 86232 222 8
August 2003
Paperback £7.99

Kenneth MacDonald (1891-1957) was a man deeply rooted in the life of his native village of Sandwick, Isle of Lewis. His concern for the ordinary folk was what motivated his whole life. Teacher, socialist, councillor and justice of the peace, he became known to a wider public as a Gaelic newsreader with the BBC, and as an author of poetry and broadcast plays in Gaelic. This collection gives a glimpse of what life was like in Lewis as he grew up – and what has been lost through the march of progress.
1. The Black House
2. Canvas Town
3. Roads and Transport
4. Our Daily Bread
5. Oatmeal
6. The Lean Days
7. Our Clothes
8. The Village School
9. The Sabbath Day
10. The Water of Life
11. Courtship
12. Hallowe’en
13. Fun and Games
14. From Cruisie to Electric
15. Flotsam
16. Rock Fishing in the Isles
17. Lobsters and Crabs
18. Muskins and Clams
19. In Deeper Waters
20. In the Peats
21. Tales of the Ceilidh House
22. Old Cures and Beliefs
23. The Spernatural
24. The Fairy Dog’s Tooth
25. Wakes and Funerals