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Jean in the Twilight or The Mists of Autumn
Jean in the Twilight or The Mists of Autumn Author:Janet Sandison The inhabitants of the village of Lochfoot, near Glasgow, were divided by Jean Robertson and the other children into Villagers, Railies, Trammies, and Tinkers. No one had anything to do with the Tinkers; the Railies and Trammies wee rough; it was the Villagers who considered themselves superior, living as they did under the patronage of His Gra... more »ce up at the Castle, his houses and estates providing them with employment and a bondage the children began to resent as they grew older.
The Adair family lived in one of His Grace's cottages, their father a head shepherd; and through one of his sons, Ian, we watch the family grow and change, winning grants which enable them to go to university, and move away from the small world of Lochfoot. Slowly their lives unfold, with their ambitious sister Isabel the driving force that brings eventual drama.
It is a tapestry of familiar and unfamiliar characters which the inimitable story-teller Janet Sandison brings alive through Ian's eyes; people flit forward into the light then vanish again into the shadows, each playing their part, large or small, in the closepacked picture of which the Adairs are here the centre, a chiaroscuro of small-town Scottish life before the second war.« less