A Ceiling of Stars

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James McRory Smith was a recluse who lived for over 30 years at Strathchailleach, one of the most remote cottages in Britain. Cut off from civilisation, he survived without mains water, electricity or gas. Pitting his wits against the wilderness and enduring endless isolation, his story offers a rare insight into an alternative way of life, one free of consumption and consumerism.

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Review by: jon muir on Jan. 20, 2012 : star star star star
This book was an excellent read, one had to admire the hermits Strenght of mind and body. His life must have been very hard, but, as he chose it, I guess that was what he wanted, solitude. I would recomend this book to anyone who has ever had the thought--wouldn't it be good to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ian Clayton on Sep. 30, 2011 : star star star star
If you're a lover of bothies you'll enjoy the tales of simple pleasures - days spent cutting turf and painting in unspoilt surroundings, nights spent gazing at skies free of light pollution....
surrounded by the peace and tranquility of life in the isolated North West of Scotland - bliss.
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Review by: Peter Jones on Jan. 25, 2011 : star star star star
An interesting tale, aside from some speculative padding about McRory Smith's early life. It also fleshes out the changing history and society of the Parph, and the way the bothy system has developed. Overall, a good buy for anyone who's spent time at Strathchailleach and wondered about its past.
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