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Happy Hawkers – iBooks


By Elizabeth and Ian MacPherson
ISBN: 978-0-9523984-4-8

Happy Hawkers Digital edition is available for purchase on iBooks, Amazon Kindle and ePub 2.0 formats.



Happy Hawkers was written by Ian and Elizabeth Macpherson although it’s Elizabeth’s gentle, if ironical voice which records their hilarious adventures. When the couple, turned their backs on what were promising academic careers, they eloped. It was a huge scandal. Those were the days when respectability was on a par with religion and Elizabeth’s father was a minister.

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It can’t have helped either, that for the couple to make their way and with no cushioning welfare state, they lived in a gypsy- type van, selling fruit and vegetables from the back of a twenty-five horse power American car with broken springs.The book’s charm is enhanced with the illustrations of Mildred Lamb. Her deft drawing accurately reflect both the couple’s looks and their journeys through Scotland’s Badenoch country.
Ian Macpherson wrote Shepherd’s Calendar, Land of our Fathers and Wild Harbour, which, courtesy of Canongate is still in print today. In 1944 Elizabeth was tragically widowed. Supporting two small children on the farm she and Ian then tenanted she boosted her income with a weekly column in the Bulletin. When it ceased publication, she became a regular contributor to the Glasgow Herald and The Press and Journal.

Leaning on a Gate, illustrated by Eva Skea is a compilation of those articles as is An Upland Place,illustrated by her grand daughter Joanne Yeadon and published by Librario.

Sometime later, Jane Yeadon was to follow family tradition with her nursing memoirs, It Won’t Hurt A bit and It Shouldn’t Happen to a Midwife, published by Black and White.

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