BOOK TITLE:

"ARGYLL - The Enduring Heartland"

AUTHOR: Marion Campbell
ISBN:1 899863 82 6
PRICE: £9.99
PAGES: p/b; 202pp

OVERVIEW:

This extraordinary work was first published in 1977 and quickly achieved classic status - as Neal Ascherson comments:

"Argyll: The Enduring Heartland had a way of becoming unobtainable. In most countries, it is the mediocre writing which vanishes; in Scotland, for some reason, it is often the important books (like the novels of Lewis Grassic Gibbon, out of print for decades at a time) which turn into rare samizdat-like objects, passed from hand to hand in homemade polythene covers. First published in 1977, The Enduring Heartland sold out long before the demand for it was satisfied; printed again in 1995 after years of clamour and entreaty, the fresh edition in turn was snatched up so rapidly that once more the book became something to be borrowed from a friend, or to be waited for in a long list of applicants to lending libraries. The lack of Marion can never be made good. But the lack of her book can be filled, and it is a privilege and delight to welcome it once more in its third appearance." Neal Ascherson

The county of Argyll covers a huge area of land and sea. With its many islands, its miles of Atlantic coastline and its fertile glens it was one of the earliest parts of Scotland to be settled by prehistoric peoples. Later, as the centre of the kingdom of Dalriada, it was at the heart of the foundation of the emerging Scottish nation.

Marion Campbell, a Gaelic-speaking native of Argyll, brings together archaeology, legend and history to produce a textured tapestry of the region and its people.

Published jointly with Kilmartin House Museum; includes a brief biography and appreciation of Marion Campbell by Neal Ascherson.

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