Banner in the West
A Spiritual History of Lewis and Harris
By (author) John MacLeod
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Banner in the West by John MacLeod
Book DescriptionFrom the unfathomable Standing Stones of Callanish to the quiet dignity of Christian commitment, the people of Lewis and Harris have, for millennia, sought for eternal meaning through their struggles in a robust, stripping environment. Even today, as their Gaelic world is increasingly besieged by change, migration and the impact of the mass-media, their distinctive spirituality continues to fascinate a wider world. Today, the Long Island is, to many, Britain's 'last stronghold of the pure Gospel'; a place still defined by heartfelt religion - a community where, for instance, the threat of a Sabbath ferry service can still arouse considerable passion.In this sparkling account of island faith - from unknown, Megalithic builders to a war of Free Church schism waged on the Internet - award-winning journalist John MacLeod outlines the gripping religious history of this Hebridean community. This is a story that has never been related before, by any author, from the dawn of this island community to the present day - the tale of a people as indomitable as their landscape and a faith as profound as the Hebridean sea.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841587424
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 23-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John MacLeod
None Dare Oppose, Paperback (July 2015)
John Macleod paints a stunning portrait of island society in Victorian Scotland held under a capricious and feudal oppression - until one quiet corner of that island fearlessly rose against the subjugation, marching on Stornoway to a gripping courtroom finale. It is an astonishing and powerful tale, beautifully accomplished and compellingly told.
River of Fire, Paperback (October 2011)
John Macleod gives a complete account of the Clydebank Blitz and the terrible scale of death and devastation wreaked by the Luftwaffe, and explores why the ordeal would be neglected by history.
Banner in the West, Paperback (June 2010)
From the unfathomable Standing Stones of Callanish to the quiet dignity of Christian commitment, the people of Lewis and Harris have, for millennia, sought for eternal meaning through their struggles in a robust, stripping environment. This title outlines the gripping religious history of this Hebridean community.
When I Heard the Bell, Paperback (May 2010)» View all books by John MacLeod
An account on the ninetieth anniversary of the 'dark ship' that tells the story of the Iolaire, the astonishing commitment of the people of Lewis to the war against the Kaiser, its sickening end, and the way of life the disaster effectively destroyed.
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Author Biography - John MacLeod
John MacLeod was born in Lochaber in 1966. After graduating from Edinburgh University, he began his career at BBC Highland in Inverness and quickly established himself as a freelance writer. He won Scottish Journalist of the Year in 1991 and contributed regularly to The Scotsman and The Herald. He is presently a columnist with the Scottish Daily Mail and is the author of several books. He lives on a croft on the west side of Lewis with a small, elderly dog, two melodeons, a 4-oven Aga and far too many chickens.
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