The Assynt Crofter by Judith Ross Napier (Acair Books)
Some names are so closely linked with historical events that they almost become one and the same. One such is Allan MacRae, who, along with a small group of fellow crofters, led to victory the ground-breaking Assynt Crofters Trust land buy-out. Allan MacRae’s unique character was informed by the Highland Clearances, staunch Presbyterianism and, extraordinarily, the London music hall. Judith Napier’s well-researched biography explores the life of a remarkable man – stonemason, orator, athlete, campaigning writer, but above all a crofter who cared deeply for his beloved Assynt.