I wanted to share a recommendation for a book I’m currently reading – At the Loch of the Green Corrie by Andrew Greig. It is the tale of Andrew’s quest to find and fish a hill loch between Lochinver and Kylesku in Assynt.
The story begins with a description of Andrew’s long term friendship with the poet Norman MacCaig who he visits infrequently over the years in his Edinburgh flat. As Norman’s health declines they talk about their respective travels and favourite places in the world. Increasingly Norman’s tales centre on his time in Assynt & trips he made there with friends to walk and fish.
On what turns out to be his final visit Norman says that after he is gone he would like Andrew to:
“fish for me at the Loch of the Green Corrie. Only it’s not called that. But go to Lochinver and ask for a man called Norman MacAskill, if he likes you he may tell you where it is. If you catch trout, I shall be delighted. And if you fail, then looking down from a place in which I do not believe, I shall be most amused“.
Rarely have I enjoyed a book so much. Andrew’s descriptions of the NW Highlands, friendship, poetry, fishing, travel, geology, the highland clearances and the general reflections of age intertwine smoothly to make a great read.
I really recommend you buy a copy – link to the page on Amazon here (although I’m sure it is also stocked in all the local bookshops and I know that Andrew will be one of the featured authors at next month’s Ullapool Book Festival).
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