A Galloway Childhood - Ian NiallLondon: Heinemann, 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier fading to the spine.
Contains: Black & white drawings;
From the cover: “This book is an autobiography of the happiest days of my life. It contains the most vivid recollections I have of all the things that impressed me most and all the people I loved and worshipped, like my burly great-uncles, Charlie and Peter, my grandfather and great-grandfather, dear old Miss Dunbar and Great-Aunt Maggie (‘the ugliest woman you ever saw’, according to my grandfather), and Stewart, the man who knew horses. It is also an account of the warm summer day when my whooping-cough was cured, the day the vet operated on my poisoned foot and the days the milking-cow won a silver tea-service and the trotting horse his last race. It remembers soporific picnics at the shore, milk and honey and soda scones, reels and Strathspeys, card-playing and a little cheating. It tells of second sight and funeral customs, and the toil of Irish harvesters. It has tears in it and laughter and all the wonder of a child’s world when the sky was high and the trees — and a lot of the stories — were very, very tall. It is impossible to travel in that world of Galloway as it once was and I set it down to preserve its beauty as far as I am able and while I can.”