FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9780862411428
RRP: £15.00
PAGES: 636
PUBLICATION DATE: January 3, 1998


The Land of the Leal

By (author) James Barke; Introduction by John Burns

This huge novel, closer in scope to a Russian epic than to any English counterpart, opens at the turn of the twentieth-century in the extreme poverty of the Rhinns of Galloway, an agicultural backwater of the southern-most part of Scotland. With a loving regard for the land and its people, Barke traces the lives of David and Jean Ramsay who, full of hope, painstakingly uproot themselves and their family in the search for prosperity. Their efforts to retain respect and a decent way of life are thwarted by unemployment in increasingly hostile circumstances, and a harsh environment inevitably leaves its mark. But a generation emerges to question the authority of an uncaring society and, even as Fascism rages through Europe, a new hope is born.

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