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Lobsters on the Agenda is a contemporary novel of the 1950s in a West Highland setting and retains a refreshing air of topicality. In a small fishing village various conflicts of interest and loyalty are examined and discussed at a number of community gatherings, both formal and informal, during the course of a single week. The author writes with the experience of years of Lobsters on the Agenda is a contemporary novel of the 1950s in a West Highland setting and retains a refreshing air of topicality. In a small fishing village various conflicts of interest and loyalty are examined and discussed at a number of community gatherings, both formal and informal, during the course of a single week. The author writes with the experience of years of living and working in the Highlands and the joy of this novel lies in her use of lilting dialogue and her understanding of human strengths and frailties. With an introduction by Isobel Murray, this publication marks the centenary of the author's birth.


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Lobsters on the Agenda is a contemporary novel of the 1950s in a West Highland setting and retains a refreshing air of topicality. In a small fishing village various conflicts of interest and loyalty are examined and discussed at a number of community gatherings, both formal and informal, during the course of a single week. The author writes with the experience of years of Lobsters on the Agenda is a contemporary novel of the 1950s in a West Highland setting and retains a refreshing air of topicality. In a small fishing village various conflicts of interest and loyalty are examined and discussed at a number of community gatherings, both formal and informal, during the course of a single week. The author writes with the experience of years of living and working in the Highlands and the joy of this novel lies in her use of lilting dialogue and her understanding of human strengths and frailties. With an introduction by Isobel Murray, this publication marks the centenary of the author's birth.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Ra Da

    First published 1952, this reads a little bit like a wartime propaganda film sprinkled with a little Powell and Pressburger irony. Composed of a week's worth of religious, official and recreational meetings in a little community in the Scottish Highlands, the big drama is whether they can get a village hall through local government grants. The Wee Free (Independent Presbyterian) Church opposes the hall as a Popish plot (!) to introduce vice, although it transpires the committee has the less orth First published 1952, this reads a little bit like a wartime propaganda film sprinkled with a little Powell and Pressburger irony. Composed of a week's worth of religious, official and recreational meetings in a little community in the Scottish Highlands, the big drama is whether they can get a village hall through local government grants. The Wee Free (Independent Presbyterian) Church opposes the hall as a Popish plot (!) to introduce vice, although it transpires the committee has the less orthodox support of the local warlock (!) amongst others. This is a tremendously worthy book and does genuinely reflect some of the attitudes of the time, sometimes deliberately, sometimes accidentally - if you ever wondered how some of the huge 20th century breakthroughs in the NHS, child benefit, education and farm subsidy happened in postwar Britain, this (badly titled) book explains the mindset. It is also technically ambitious, Mitchison introducing herself halfway through as a secondary character, confusing if you had initially assumed the central character Kate Snow was her alias, and subtly reveals underlying tensions. The problem, of course, is that not very much happens in a normal working week, and I found myself disengaging from some of the minutiae of local politics. The ending was open-ended but satisfying but lacked some poetic finesse to add something - joy, appreciation, music - to the every day, which would have made it an easier read.

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