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The Hills is Lonely (Common Reader Editions) Paperback – August, 2002
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Ms Beckwith, a middle-aged spinster in the mid to late 1950's who lives in England, is ordered by her doctor to go somewhere in the countryside to rest and recuperate after an illness (we're never told what), so she puts an ad in a magazine and awaits replies. She is almost decided on going to a farm in Devon, when she receives a very bizarre and absolutely hilarious letter from a woman on the island of Bruach (apparently really the isle of Eigg) in the Hebrides, NOT the Shetlands, offering her accommodation. She is so amused by this letter that she chooses to go and stay there. Rather than a restful recuperation, she has to endure a stomach-churning ferry crossing in a storm, then she has to scale a six foot wall on her arrival on the island and things just get funnier from there! This is a wonderfully funny and gentle book, with an assortment of endearing and hilarious charaters, it's a real comfort read to snuggle up on the sofa with. Ms Beckwith does show the people in an amusing light, but this is done only with the greatest affection, and no malice whatever could be intended. The book is all the funnier when you know that all the incidents really happened and all the characters are real people. I would heartily recommend this book and the following FIVE books in the series:- Lightly Poached - The Sea for Breakfast - The Loud Halo - A Rope in Case - and Bruach Blend.
These really are lovely books, and I can't for the life of me understand why they haven't been turned into a film or at the very least a TV series, as they would be perfect Sunday evening family viewing.
The narrative does seem to drag a little with seemingly excessive accounts of kitchen gatherings. However, cultural context pulls this back into perspective and therefore does not detract overall.
A wonderful, funny read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite endearing, full of humour, and blisfully unpretensious!
One can't go wrong in taking up a Lillian Beckwith!
Thanks Mom, for introducing me to her many years ago!!
Lilian Bechwith's books are the best if you just want to "get away from it all."Published 11 days ago by Carrie Mullen
It's been a surprise and a joy to read this book I got it because I'm hoping to travel to Scotland this year (may not make it to the Hebrides) and I like to read about things... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nifty
Book as described. Packed well. Easy transaction. Very good pricesPublished 5 months ago by Warrigul
It is so comforting , snuggle into bed and read in winter!!! HeavenlyPublished 6 months ago by Jan Dillon-Gibbons
Returned to the Beckwith series after many years. Still enjoyed re-visiting my homeland.Published 7 months ago by Bill Pattison
Very funny and beautifully written. Takes you to a different time and space.Published 11 months ago by Bess