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The Lost Pibroch

Neil Munro

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Book Excerpt: 
. . ., choking in anger, to her man—“peace or war! the black braggart! it’s an asp ye have for a son, goodman!”

The lad’s fingers danced merry on the chanter, and the shiver of something to come fell on all the folk around. The old hills sported with the prancing tune; Dun Corrbhile tossed it to Drimfem, and Drimfern sent it leaping across the flats of Kilmune to the green corries of Lecknamban. “Love, love, the old tune; come and get flesh!” rasped a crow to his mate far off on misty Ben Bhreac, and the heavy black wings flapped east. The friendly wind forgot to dally with the pine-tuft and the twanging bog-myrtle, the plash of Aora in its brown linn was the tinkle of wine in a goblet. “Peace or war, peace or war; come which will, we care not,” sang the pipe-reeds, and there was the muster and the march, hot-foot rush over the rotting rain-wet moor, the jingle of iron, the dunt of pike and targe, the choked roar. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a collection of short stories set in and around one particular glen by Loch Fyne in Scotland. They are quite evocative of the setting and are very well written. There's a varied mix of humorous and dark themes in the stories. I tried this book as a result of the title story, but I'm very...more

A delightful collection of no-nonsense tales of war and peace, clansmen, ghosts, faeries, love and romance, poverty and dissolution all with a lovely Gaelic lilt to them and just a wee sprinkling of manageable dialect. This collection won't please everyone as it is old fashioned to say the least...more