Young Art and Old Hector (Paperback)

Neil M. Gunn

A classic of Scottish Highland literature, told in episodic form.

When the sheer intensities of family life become too much for eight-year-old Art, it is to Old Hector that he turns for comfort. Thwarted from fulfilling his burning desire to go to the River, he seeks out the old man who can still poach a salmon with the best when he chooses. Through Old Hector's tales and his own experiences, Young Art gradually learns about the painful business of growing up.

Young Art and Old Hector shows Neil Gunn's artistry at its very best; above all, his genius for clothing a simple story of Caithness crofter-fishermen in the rich garb of myth. It is also one of the finest evocations of childhood ever written, conveying all the magic and misery and the bursting joys of being a small boy in the great and mysterious world.

Publication date: 04/03/4000

£7.99

ISBN: 9780285622548

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Fiction

Reviews for Young Art and Old Hector

'One of the most important Scottish writers of the twentieth century'

 Times Literary Supplement

'Modern Scottish fiction reaches its highest peak in the novels of Neil M. Gunn... Like Hardy, and indeed Joyce... he transcends regionalism and acquires universality.'

 The Scotsman

Neil M. Gunn

Neil M. Gunn

Neil Miller Gunn (8 November 1891 – 15 January 1973) was a prolific novelist, critic, and dramatist who emerged as one of the leading lights of the Scottish Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. With over twenty novels to his credit, Gunn was arguably the most influential Scottish fiction writer of the first half of the 20th century (with the possible exception of Lewis Grassic Gibbon, the pen name of James Leslie Mitchell).

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