By (author) Jess Smith
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Jessie's Journey by Jess Smith
Book DescriptionFrom the ages of 5 to 15, Jess Smith lived with her parents, sisters and a mongrel dog in an old, blue Bedford bus. They travelled the length and breadth of Scotland, and much of England too, stopping here and there until they were moved on by the local authorities or driven by their own instinctive need to travel. By campfires, under the unchanging stars they brewed up tea, telling stories and singing songs late into the night. "Jessie's Journey" describes what it was like to be one of the last of the traditional travelling folk. It is not an idyllic tale, but despite the threat of bigoted abuse and scattered schooling, humour and laughter run throughout a childhood teeming with unforgettable characters and incidents.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841587028
(198mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 13-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jess Smith
Way of the Wanderers, Paperback (October 2015)
Scottish gypsies, known as travellers, have wandered Scotland's roads and byways for centuries, and their turbulent history is captured in this passionate book by Jess Smith, the bestselling author of Jessie's Journey.
Bruar's Rest, Paperback (April 2011)
An epic tale of love and loyalty. The lives of two highland travellers, Bruar and Megan, are changed forever when they are torn apart from each other by the Great War. When Bruar is reported missing in action, Megan sets off to search for him and journeys through perilous foreign lands ravaged by war.
Tears for a Tinker, Paperback (January 2009)
Traces the author's eventful life with Dave and their three children, from their earliest years together. This memoir features their adventures and achievements that are interspersed with stories of her parents' childhood, her father's 'tall tales' and the eerie echoes of ghosts and hauntings that she has heard from gypsies and travellers.
Sookin' Berries, Paperback (October 2008)» View all books by Jess Smith
A collection of stories suitable for younger readers from the author of "Jessie's Journey".
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Author Biography - Jess Smith
JESS SMITH lives near Crieff. She is married and has three children and six grandchildren. As a traditional storyteller she is in great demand for performances throughout Scotland, and has been invited to speak at conference of Aboriginal storytellers in Australia this year.
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