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TITLE
'Camerons Calling' (1)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_JANE_DUNCAN_01
DATE OF RECORDING
2008
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Jane Duncan
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1366
KEYWORDS
audio
novels
literary landscapes

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This audio extract is from 'Camerons Calling' by Jane Duncan, published in 1966. It is read here by Elizabeth Parker.

'Very soon our luggage and the three of us were crammed into the car and we said goodbye to Sandy, and drove away. We had come from home into Rioch from the south-east and we now drove out of it to the north-west, heading for the hills in central Ross-shire, where Castle Vannich lies. I again had the feeling of having passed through a magic gateway and when the last houses of the suburbs of Rioch had been left behind, I felt that, now, anything could happen, especially something marvellous. We were travelling on the main road to the north which was the usual black ribbon with a white line along the middle and with nothing magic about it, but, on either side of us and especially on our left and to the west, the hills rose higher and higher and looked more and more mysterious, while Ben Vannich, away ahead, stood up against the sky looking very royal and majestic because the evening sun was turning its brown rocks and wine-red bell heather to bright gold and purple.

We were all very quiet, for the boys had the magic feeling too, I think, until we turned a corner and came to a long, straight stretch of road where Aunt began to drive very fast, and Donald, who is always having fits of being dotty about certain things and at this time was dotty about geography, said,

'Aunt, if we went on and on in the direction we are going now, where would we come to?'

'To a watery grave in the Minch, probably', said Aunt, who was now Aunt as we knew her and not Aunt as Father's elder sister.

'But if we jumped over the Minch?'

'The Outer Hebrides and another watery grave in the Atlantic.'

'But if we jumped over the Atlantic?'

'Iceland,' I said.

'Maybe', Aunt agreed, 'then another jump and hit the south tip of Greenland.'

'And then?'

'Another jump and it would be the north of Canada - Labrador, perhaps, and then maybe we would be on land for a bit and not have to jump any more.'

Elizabeth Jane Cameron was born on 10th March 1910 in Renton, Dunbartonshire, the daughter of a police constable, Duncan Cameron. Her mother was Janet (Jessie) Sandison. From her parents' names she constructed her two literary pseudonyms, Jane Duncan and Janet Sandison.

Much of her childhood was spent at her grandparents' croft, 'The Colony' (the 'Reachfar' of her novels), on the Black Isle. She attended Glasgow University and worked in a Photographic Intelligence Unit during World War II. A comfortable life in the Caribbean came to an end when her husband died, and at the age of 47 she was forced to write to pay his medical bills and to earn a living.

Jane's first novel was published in 1959, 'My friend Muriel', to be followed by many others, including eighteen 'My friend' novels in total. She also wrote for children in the 'Camerons' series and, right at the end of her life, collaborated with the illustrator Mairi Hedderwick on 'Herself and Janet Reachfar' and 'Janet Reachfar and the Kelpie'. Mairi Hedderwick went on to write about Katie Morag.

Jane Duncan died on 20th October 1976 and is buried in Kirkmichael graveyard on the Black Isle.

A new edition of 'My Friends the Miss Boyds' will be launched this summer (2010) to coincide with celebrations being organised on the Black Isle to mark the Jane Duncan Centenary. See the related link below for further details.

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'Camerons Calling' (1)

2000s

audio; novels; literary landscapes

Am Baile

Literary Landscapes: Jane Duncan

This audio extract is from 'Camerons Calling' by Jane Duncan, published in 1966. It is read here by Elizabeth Parker. <br /> <br /> 'Very soon our luggage and the three of us were crammed into the car and we said goodbye to Sandy, and drove away. We had come from home into Rioch from the south-east and we now drove out of it to the north-west, heading for the hills in central Ross-shire, where Castle Vannich lies. I again had the feeling of having passed through a magic gateway and when the last houses of the suburbs of Rioch had been left behind, I felt that, now, anything could happen, especially something marvellous. We were travelling on the main road to the north which was the usual black ribbon with a white line along the middle and with nothing magic about it, but, on either side of us and especially on our left and to the west, the hills rose higher and higher and looked more and more mysterious, while Ben Vannich, away ahead, stood up against the sky looking very royal and majestic because the evening sun was turning its brown rocks and wine-red bell heather to bright gold and purple.<br /> <br /> We were all very quiet, for the boys had the magic feeling too, I think, until we turned a corner and came to a long, straight stretch of road where Aunt began to drive very fast, and Donald, who is always having fits of being dotty about certain things and at this time was dotty about geography, said, <br /> <br /> 'Aunt, if we went on and on in the direction we are going now, where would we come to?'<br /> <br /> 'To a watery grave in the Minch, probably', said Aunt, who was now Aunt as we knew her and not Aunt as Father's elder sister.<br /> <br /> 'But if we jumped over the Minch?'<br /> <br /> 'The Outer Hebrides and another watery grave in the Atlantic.'<br /> <br /> 'But if we jumped over the Atlantic?'<br /> <br /> 'Iceland,' I said.<br /> <br /> 'Maybe', Aunt agreed, 'then another jump and hit the south tip of Greenland.'<br /> <br /> 'And then?'<br /> <br /> 'Another jump and it would be the north of Canada - Labrador, perhaps, and then maybe we would be on land for a bit and not have to jump any more.'<br /> <br /> Elizabeth Jane Cameron was born on 10th March 1910 in Renton, Dunbartonshire, the daughter of a police constable, Duncan Cameron. Her mother was Janet (Jessie) Sandison. From her parents' names she constructed her two literary pseudonyms, Jane Duncan and Janet Sandison.<br /> <br /> Much of her childhood was spent at her grandparents' croft, 'The Colony' (the 'Reachfar' of her novels), on the Black Isle. She attended Glasgow University and worked in a Photographic Intelligence Unit during World War II. A comfortable life in the Caribbean came to an end when her husband died, and at the age of 47 she was forced to write to pay his medical bills and to earn a living. <br /> <br /> Jane's first novel was published in 1959, 'My friend Muriel', to be followed by many others, including eighteen 'My friend' novels in total. She also wrote for children in the 'Camerons' series and, right at the end of her life, collaborated with the illustrator Mairi Hedderwick on 'Herself and Janet Reachfar' and 'Janet Reachfar and the Kelpie'. Mairi Hedderwick went on to write about Katie Morag.<br /> <br /> Jane Duncan died on 20th October 1976 and is buried in Kirkmichael graveyard on the Black Isle.<br /> <br /> A new edition of 'My Friends the Miss Boyds' will be launched this summer (2010) to coincide with celebrations being organised on the Black Isle to mark the Jane Duncan Centenary. See the related link below for further details.