2010-12-19 · in Books · 106 words

One of the early 20th century's greatest travel writers tours Scotland. Having just moved from Canterbury to Dundee, this was a useful introduction to the bits of local history that I probably should know about. (He passes through Dundee at the time that Sheena Wellington's song "Women o' Dundee" describes, which results in a priceless bit of dialogue with an out-of-work weaver who's discovering exactly how much work being a house-husband is...)

It would have been easy for his relentlessly romantic attitude to Scottish history to grate, but his enthusiasm carries it through. There's a slightly later sequel that I'll need to track down.