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Ardnish Was Home: A Novel

A young piper, Donald Peter (DP) Gillies, brought up in a remote community in the West Highlands, signs up to join the famous Lovat Scouts. He and his childhood friend are destined for the horrors of Gallipoli and the deprivation of the First World War. After being seriously injured in action, he encounters Louise, a Queen Alexandra Corps nurse who cares for him. As DP lies wounded, far from Scotland, his mind turns to home and he recalls the tales that have been passed down his family from generation to generation. The story then follows the pair's desperate escape bid through enemy territory.
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Angus MacDonald has lived all his life in the Highlands and is steeped in the folklore. He is passionate about the area, and half way through writing this book he and his wife bought Roshven House (which features in the novel); from their front door one can see the Ardnish peninsula. Angus served in the local regiment, the Queen's Own Highlanders, before building a financial publishing company that was sold in 2007. He now has businesses in recycling, renewables and education, and runs the Moidart Trust, a charitable organisation that helps people to develop companies in the West Highlands


'a fast-paced narrative with deeply likeable characters ... far more than yet another wartime love story ... impossible to put down' * Scottish Field * 'This is a book that is truly enthralling - brutal, poetic, unjust but beautiful... A beautiful yet tragic tale, set in the First World War, Ardnish Was Home kept me captivated throughout and left wanting more at the end. It delivers everything the title implies about family and community in the Scottish Highlands and illustrates that love can be found in the most desperate of circumstances' * The Bookbag * 'a genuine portrait of a time gone forever ... a very good read' * Rosamunde Pilcher * 'Burns with love for his country...[Macdonald's] plain, easy-going style takes on a natural engaging momentum' * The National * 'Striking, charming, page-turning novel about love in the ruins of the first world war' * Piping Times * 'a tragic tale, captivating and a good read' * Press and Journal, Book of the Week * 'Extraordinary. Far more than another wartime love affair. I closed the book with the strong feeling of the importance of kin shire, the need to nurture one another, and the power of love. It will enter your soul' * Scots Magazine *

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