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A Peerie Peek at da Past
Agnes hobbin
The variety of subjects covered make A Peerie Peek at da Past a refreshing and interesting account of times past.
 
Agnes Hobbin was born in 1921, the daughter of a crofter fisherman from Geosetter, Bigton, in the parish of Dunrossness, Shetland. She started nursing the day war was declared, leaving it on marriage in January 1947. Twenty-three years later in 1970, after bringing up a family, she resumed nursing, gaining the certificate of Health Visiting at Dundee College of Technology in 1976. She practised full-time health visiting until her retirement.
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A Raft in the Pool
John A.W. Strachan
These are boyhood memories from a way of life long departed: remembered with honesty, humour and great affection.
 
Born in 1940 in Yell, Shetland, John A.W. Strachan grew up at a time when piped water and electric light were still distant dreams for the outlying isles.
 
But the simplicity of the life was made up for by the richness of character in the islands.
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As Time Goes By
David Strachan
A potpourri of tales from times past mostly with a nautical flavour.
 
Beginning with his early years at Sound and schooldays at Lerwick Central Public School and in Yell, the author takes us through his experiences on the training ship Dolphin, voyages in the merchant navy and his time as a Distressed British Seaman.
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Born a Beachcomber
Steve Mathieson
Born in the last year of the Great War on a croft in the north of Unst, Shetland, Thomas Mathieson grew up in a way of life that hadn't altered significantly in several centuries. Like thousands of Shetland boys before him, Thomas dreamed of escaping the hard toil of the croft for the romance of life at sea and the chance to visit exotic and mysterious lands.
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Design For Life
Peter Jamieson
Peter Jamiesonís life had been completely destroyed by addiction and crime. When finally he had nowhere else to go, he went home Ė and it was there, on the tiny island of Papa Stour, that he was to meet the one person who could change his life.
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Doing His Bit
Robert M. Greig
Between January and August 1920, Shetland Times reporter Robert M. Greig wrote a series of articles on his experiences on the Western Front in the First World War. These form a startling insight into a shell-torn, barbed wire world of terrible sacrifice and outstanding courage.
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Edward Charlton
Edward Charlton
Edward Charlton was a seventeen-year-old medical student when he sailed from Leith to Lerwick in 1832 and had to convince the authorities that the ship was not stricken with cholera. He arrived in time to witness the great storm which ravaged the fishing fleet that summer, and spent three months travelling though the Mainland, Yell and Unst and collecting specimens of birds and rocks. He was so enchanted by Shetland that he returned two years later, this time visiting Foula and also casting his fly on the Mainland lochs. His journals give a vivid picture of Shetland in the 1830s, and the changes he found when he came back for a more hurried visit in 1852.
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Four Score and Ten
James W. Irvine
Prolific author James W Irvine reflects on his life.
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Kippers for Breakfast
Millie Vigor
Moving house from one end of Great Britain to the other, Cornwall to the Shetland Isles, was to be the start of seven years of new and exciting experiences for Millie Vigor. While helping her husband to rebuild a ruined croft house Millie bought land, acquired a flock of sheep, a collie pup which she had to train and because she was unable to buy chickens, started a poultry rearing business.
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Memoirs of a Lerwick Boy
Bruce Sandison
Bruce Sandison was born at Torry, in Aberdeen, in 1934. Had it not been for the vagaries of his parentsí work following the herring fishing his birthplace would almost certainly have been the Auld Rock. Arriving in Shetland when only a few weeks old, from then to the outbreak of the Second World War. His memoirs begin in his childhood days of old Lerwick and describe his life through to retirement.
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