REVISIT VIA BBC: Listen here
Description: Divided between her love of the land and the harshness of farming life, young Chris Guthrie finally decides to stay in the rural community of her childhood. Yet World War I and the changes that follow make her a widow and mock the efforts of her youth.
Episode 1/2 (1 hour): Chris is torn between the love of the land and her ambition to be a teacher.
Episode 2/2: After her father’s death, Chris is determined to work the farm, alone if needs be.
watch a dramatised production. Not the best of quality but hey! who’s going to be so picky at this stage. There is, allegedly, a new film in production as we speak.
PAPER READ: fireside, sipping scotch and toasting Rabbie Burns.
Edited with an introduction by Tom Crawford. Map of Kinraddie
Dedication: To Jean Baxter
Opening – KINRADDIE lands had been won by a Norman childe, Cospatric de Gondeshil, in the days of William de Lyon, when gryphons and such-like beasts still roamed the Scots countryside and folk would waken in their beds to hear the children screaming, with a great wolf-beast, come through the hide window, tearing at their throats.
I know there are many historical-fictionistas out there who dislike dialects and there is a further modernist warning:
Gibbon’s style is one of the great achievements of the trilogy and should be seen in relation to Scottish forerunners like John Galt as well as in the context of modernist innovators such as James Joyce, Gertrude Stein and William Faulkner (Tom Crawford, Canongate Books)