Now in its 11th printing in England, this cheerful, acerb, funny book recounts the personal experiences of a middle-aged English schoolteacher who, ordered by her doctor to rest, is lured by a remarkable letter to the remote Hebrides islands. After the initial shock of arrival, she stays- and stays- for nearly two years. Her reasons become obvious. The islands are wild, lovely, primitive: the people vigorous and earthy with highly original notions about life, death and the outside ""civilization""; and the prim but commonsense schoolmarm obviously enjoys every moment of both observing and participating in these unique, outspoken lives. She records their speech, their humor, their odd attitudes and her own reactions with a true and witty ear, one often nicely divided between shock and humor. She is a natural story-teller and this book is rich in incident, personalities and a sense of place.