A Twelvemonth and a Day by Christopher Rush
(Canongate Classics)

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In childhood there is no distinction between boy, bird, mammal or fish. A Twelvemonth and a Day is about change and growth, the fluctuating patterns in the worklife of a fishing and farming community throughout the cycle of a year, and about the year itself, the life of nature. It tells of how that symbolic year-and-a-day can be destroyed by forces we cannot seem to control—ignorance and greed, profit and loss, the wider forces of politics that damage communities and individuals. It is both a lament for a past time and a celebration of its vanished values. ‘With its Bible-sized characters, its feeling for workaday rhythms and the cycle of seasons, its tall and grisly tales of storms and wrecks, whales and sharks, witches and fetches, drowning and exhumations, it does convey a sense of that fatalistic awe which the sea inspired in those deeply devout fishing communities.’ Times Literary Supplement ‘A magical memory of childhood . . . powerful, vivid, evocative, funny, awesome, loving and so assured in its writing it catches the breath.’ Glasgow Herald
 

About Christopher Rush

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Christopher Rush was born in St Monans and for thirty years taught literature in Edinburgh. His books include A Twelvemonth and a Day (recently listed as one of the 100 greatest Scottish books ever) and the highly acclaimed To Travel Hopefully. He now lives near his childhood home.
 
Published July 1, 2010 by Canongate Books. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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