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Costa Heritage

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A collection of memories and yarns, documenting how the people of 19th and 20th century Costa viewed their world.

By Alastair B. Marwick.

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'I am delighted that Alastair has committed his yarns (some of them) to the written word. As I have listened to them over the years I was continually reminded that this was how traditions were handed on - at least in rural Orkney. I had previously heard some of these stories from other sources and it is interesting, that, though there are minor differences in presentation, the main themes and punch-lines are repeated word-for-word. Such traditions can, therefore, be stable over generations.

In my young days such stories would be told by the light of a paraffin lamp and the warmth from a Victoress stove, often during visits to neighbours or relations. The evening would pass with one story rolling on to another. Alastair's book is a series of recreated old-time Orkney evenings but with one difference - he had the assistance of a talented cartoonist.' - Jim Moar.

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