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  1. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

    A good read. I've huge respect for the MacLeod family, who returned to Eric's dad's croft in the mid-70s to live there with his wife and two young children. This is their story, in a series of shortish snippets on daily life, and some more memorable stories. It's well written, and what strikes is the clear difference between this book and more contemporary types - it was never intended to be a book. So MacLeod recounts their 15 years there (they decided to move when the economy went down in the A good read. I've huge respect for the MacLeod family, who returned to Eric's dad's croft in the mid-70s to live there with his wife and two young children. This is their story, in a series of shortish snippets on daily life, and some more memorable stories. It's well written, and what strikes is the clear difference between this book and more contemporary types - it was never intended to be a book. So MacLeod recounts their 15 years there (they decided to move when the economy went down in the late 80s). Nice, escapism, and with his openness and clear efforts to make it work, learning lots of skills not normally associated with an accountant he comes across as a thoroughly good guy (in fact he probably underplays things, which made me like it more. So where a modern author would stick out six months in the hope of a book, and dwell on every possible relative discomfort, it's about every fifty pages or so that you get a little bit of an aside like "and then the electricity was installed" - understated. Very good.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir recounting the time that Eric Macleod moved with his wife and two young daughters to a remote croft in north – west Sutherland. It documents the struggles they had to renovate the almost derelict house and to make a living being so isolated. The house was not accessible by road and had to be accessed mainly by boat. It’s a testament to their ingenuity and determination to make a go of it. From accounting to fish farming Eric is prepared to turn his hand to a vari I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir recounting the time that Eric Macleod moved with his wife and two young daughters to a remote croft in north – west Sutherland. It documents the struggles they had to renovate the almost derelict house and to make a living being so isolated. The house was not accessible by road and had to be accessed mainly by boat. It’s a testament to their ingenuity and determination to make a go of it. From accounting to fish farming Eric is prepared to turn his hand to a variety of jobs. Fish farming certainly seemed the most difficult as they had to battle with the elements at times. Written with great candour, it’s an intriguing look at a very different lifestyle

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Goodwin

    A brilliant slice of such an interesting family life. I didn't realise that it was about life in the 60s/70s when I bought it but that added more interesting elements into the things happening to the family, as they didn't have access to a lot of things that even now we take for granted - wireless internet that works in remote locations to name but one! Really well written and with a sense of humour. (The only thing that troubled me was the throwing of any and all rubbish into the loch! including A brilliant slice of such an interesting family life. I didn't realise that it was about life in the 60s/70s when I bought it but that added more interesting elements into the things happening to the family, as they didn't have access to a lot of things that even now we take for granted - wireless internet that works in remote locations to name but one! Really well written and with a sense of humour. (The only thing that troubled me was the throwing of any and all rubbish into the loch! including chemical toilet waste - into the water that provides the fish and shellfish that the family eat and sell - surely that can't be healthy for the environment?)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Summers

    Not my usual book choice but this truly blew me away. The fact that it is based on one family's true life story made it all the more interesting. Fantastic account of the highs and lows of living on a remote Scottish island with a young family. I never ceased to be amazed at the self-sufficiencys and upskilling the family all had to do just to live day to day. Loved it!!! Not my usual book choice but this truly blew me away. The fact that it is based on one family's true life story made it all the more interesting. Fantastic account of the highs and lows of living on a remote Scottish island with a young family. I never ceased to be amazed at the self-sufficiencys and upskilling the family all had to do just to live day to day. Loved it!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Love love loved this book ❤️

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rod Young

    Thoroughly engaging A fascinating insight into life in the Highlands in a remote croft, along with a great lesson on fish farming. Thoroughly engaging.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Don

    This is the intriguing account of a couple who take their two young daughters with them to live & work an almost inaccessible croft on the North West coast of Scotland. It is the story of them renovating a near 100 year old derelict croft house, their successes & failures but overall, 15 years of incredible determination to eek out a living & survive while battling daily against the weather & the waves & of course the odds. I enjoyed the read as it reminded me of the many happy years I lived & w This is the intriguing account of a couple who take their two young daughters with them to live & work an almost inaccessible croft on the North West coast of Scotland. It is the story of them renovating a near 100 year old derelict croft house, their successes & failures but overall, 15 years of incredible determination to eek out a living & survive while battling daily against the weather & the waves & of course the odds. I enjoyed the read as it reminded me of the many happy years I lived & worked on the west coast but it left me with the same feeling of melancholy I experience when I revisit the places of my Highland childhood.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eilidh Smith

    Really enjoyable tale of trying to make a go of it in the Highlands, remote, rural and very real thanks to Eric's descriptions which are full of humility for the steep learning curve he took his family on and the successes and failures en route. I liked how he didn't overdo the explanation of his experiences - highs and lows were treated with the same tone of it all being part of the adventure of living, or muddling as best anyone can through. Really enjoyable tale of trying to make a go of it in the Highlands, remote, rural and very real thanks to Eric's descriptions which are full of humility for the steep learning curve he took his family on and the successes and failures en route. I liked how he didn't overdo the explanation of his experiences - highs and lows were treated with the same tone of it all being part of the adventure of living, or muddling as best anyone can through.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris Steeden

    What I liked about this book, other than being a very easy and quick read, was that you didn't have the whole book of the author moaning. You share in his enthusiasm for the many projects. In-fact I believe a lot of the notable achievements are under-played. The stories are fairly short and succinct but make a nice whole as you get to know the area, terrain, weather, house, locals etc and live the life with the family. What I liked about this book, other than being a very easy and quick read, was that you didn't have the whole book of the author moaning. You share in his enthusiasm for the many projects. In-fact I believe a lot of the notable achievements are under-played. The stories are fairly short and succinct but make a nice whole as you get to know the area, terrain, weather, house, locals etc and live the life with the family.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    Inspiring and motivating. Easy to read. Has moments that seem slightly dull balanced with some humour however the concept and writing are enjoyable. If you're interested in rugged Scotland or house renovation give it a go! I've passed this on to many different people who've also enjoyed it . Inspiring and motivating. Easy to read. Has moments that seem slightly dull balanced with some humour however the concept and writing are enjoyable. If you're interested in rugged Scotland or house renovation give it a go! I've passed this on to many different people who've also enjoyed it .

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Such a good story!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nick Stevens

    An easy and enjoyable read. Not much story-telling but a nice account of their crofting adventure.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stoic_quin

    Interesting & well written account of the difficulties in trying to survive on a remote part of the country in the seventies.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ken Basford

  15. 5 out of 5

    David Neate

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Anderson

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joan Claw

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jason Scott

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jules

  22. 5 out of 5

    colingilbert

  23. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Silverwood

  24. 5 out of 5

    dilip patel

  25. 5 out of 5

    kiber77

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robinson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Philip Goodsell

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen Jonas

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dale

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