The Moss o Rora Book by Allan JR Thomson - Poems and Tales of North East Scotland
Allan comes from a Buchan crofting and farming family and will delight readers with his charity fund-raising collection of poems and stories based in and around the Peterhead area. The Moss o' Rora is five miles of land around farms and crofts and Allan opens with a brief history of the folk who worked these lands almost two hundred years ago and gives a fascinating insight into their lives.
Allan has a lovely manner of writing, almost as if the reader is in front of a wood fire with Allan gently reading. So much so that it is difficult to put down. The mixture of facts, self-penned poetry and stories make for such a joyful read. I particularly liked "Willie's Waiscuit":
Willie got a waistcuit bocht
O' funcy claith an' colours
His mither brocht fae Peterheid
An' teen it till The Bullers…
Stories to look out for include a history of the folk who lived and worked at Mosside Croft in Hatton, the Bogie Rolls tobacco smoked in pipes by agricultural workers and the secrets of Grunny Sangster from Berrylea Croft. My favourite is the naughty deed done by the author when he was a Police Officer at the door of Number 10 Downing Street!
Proceeds from The Moss o Rora Book are donated to Ninewells Hospital Cancer Campaign through the Kirriemuir Rotary Club, of which Allan is a member. It is so easy to see why Allan has already raised over £9000 as this is the best Doric book I have read this year.
Readers benefit from a glossary of over 800 Doric words, some of which I hadn't heard of, and Allan has kindly contributed many to our A-Z Doric Words Database.
The Moss o Rora Book: Poems and Tales Of North East Scotland by Allan JR Thomson, costs £9.99 or £11.70 including postage from:
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The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.
Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.
I’ve put in many Doric words and phrases into the novel, my favourite being “Mmm oxters o an Aberdeen loon, cannae beat it!” As with all my novels and short stories (my author name is CG Buswell) it includes the Doric, scenes from Aberdeen and famous ghosts from our area.
Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.