Classics Club Spin #30 – result!

It’s number…

It’s from the Scottish section…

It’s set in Sutherland…

It’s about the Highland Clearances…

Its title is a Bible quote…

It’s 160 pages…


Consider the Lilies by Iain Crichton Smith

The Blurb says: When she rose in the morning the house at first seemed to be the same. The sun shone through the curtains of her window. On the floor it turned to minute particles like water dancing. Nevertheless, she felt uneasy…

What had the girl said? Something about the ‘burning of houses’. They just couldn’t put people out of their houses, and then burn the houses down. No one had ever heard of that before. Not in the country…”

In this modern classic, from one of Scotland’s greatest writers, Consider the Lilies captures the thoughts and memories of an old woman who has lived all her life within the narrow confines of her community during one of the cruellest episodes of Scottish history – the Highland Clearances.

Written with compassion, in spare, simple prose, Consider the Lilies is a moving testament to the enduring qualities which enable the oppressed to triumph in defeat.

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Thanks, Spin Gods!

48 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #30 – result!

    • Thank you! Hopefully it will be as good as it sounds, and as an added bonus, it’s short! I see you got a good choice too – hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


  1. I’m glad the spin has given you a good result at last! It’s always a relief to get one of the shorter books on your list, I think! I know nothing about this book so will look forward to hearing more about it.

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    • I know nothing about this one either, and have never read anything else by him. A lot of my Scottish classics are simply picked from best of lists. And I also hadn’t realised it was so short, so that was an added bonus! 😀


  2. So just completely laying bare my ignorance here – what were the Highland Clearances? I don’t expect you to answer, because I know I’ll learn once I read your review of this book – yay, education!!!! You seem excited about this one too so that’s great.

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