Kennedy and Boyd

Beside the Bonnie Brier-Bush
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By Maclaren, Ian. With an Introduction by Andrew Nash
ISBN 1904999573
SERIES The Kailyard Authors
Paperback  176 pages
Subject [Fiction ]
Published 8 November 2007
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Ian Maclaren's Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush is one of the most notorious works of Scottish literature. First published in 1894, the book was an instant best-seller. Millions of readers across the world rushed to devour these nostalgic tales of Scottish life in a bygone age. Based on the author's experiences as a Free Church minister in rural Perthshire, the book captured the contemporary taste with its blend of humour and pathos and its racy Scots dialogue.

With a new introduction which explains the importance of Maclaren's writing in literary and religious debates of the period, readers can now view afresh a work which remains a vital part of the Scottish literary tradition.

Andrew Nash holds degrees from the universities of Dundee, Edinburgh and St Andrews and now teaches at the University of Reading. He has written widely on nineteenth and twentieth century publishing history and various aspects of Scottish literature. His books include: Kailyard and Scottish Literature and the edited volumes The Culture of Collected Editions and Literary Cultures and the Material Book.

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