Ardnish Was Home

A Novel

Angus MacDonald

Date Published :
September 2016
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ISBN : 9781780274263
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 7.7 X 5.1 inches
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A young piper, Donald Peter (DP) Gillies, brought up in a remote community in the West Highlands, signs up to join the famous Lovat Scouts. He and his childhood friend are destined for the horrors of Gallipoli and the deprivation of the First World War. After being seriously injured in action, he encounters Louise, a Queen Alexandra Corps nurse who cares for him. As DP lies wounded, far from Scotland, his mind turns to home and he recalls the tales that have been passed down his family from generation to generation. The story then follows the pair's desperate escape bid through enemy territory.

About The Author

Angus MacDonald has lived all his life in the highlands and is steeped in their tales. He served in his local regiment, the Queen’s Own Highlanders.A serial entrepreneur he was awarded the Spear’s UK entrepreneur of the year award for 2017, building businesses in publishing, renewable energy, recycling and education.He founded The Caledonian Challenge and runs The Moidart Trust, as well as being co-owner of The Highland Bookshop in Fort William.


a fast-paced narrative with deeply likeable characters … far more than yet another wartime love story … impossible to put down'

- Scottish Field

a genuine portrait of a time gone forever ... a very good read'

- Rosamunde Pilcher

a tragic tale, captivating and a good read' 

- Press and Journal, Book of the Week

Burns with love for his country…[Macdonald's] plain, easy-going style takes on a natural engaging momentum'

- The National

Extraordinary. Far more than another wartime love affair. I closed the book with the strong feeling of the importance of kin shire, the need to nurture one another, and the power of love. It will enter your soul'

- Scots Magazine

Striking, charming, page-turning novel about love in the ruins of the first world war' 

- Piping Times

This is a book that is truly enthralling - brutal, poetic, unjust but beautiful… A beautiful yet tragic tale, set in the First World War, Ardnish Was Home kept me captivated throughout and left wanting more at the end. It delivers everything the title implies about family and community in the Scottish Highlands and illustrates that love can be found in the most desperate of circumstances'

- The Bookbag

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