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noschooll4mee Sat 07-Jan-17 17:14:46

Posted this in the Book section but no response . Thought Scottish Mums might be able to help .
Can you please, please help me identify this book from my vague description? I have honestly Googled and searched for months .
It's a book about a husband and wife who , giving up city life, buy a remote cottage /Croft in the Highlands of Scotland and rebuild it themselves. Tales of snow , no electricity , carrying supplies 2miles up the track etc . Their story (book) is written by the wife and I seem to think she was a journalist or writer.
I would have read it around 2001-2003/4 .
I think there was an subsequent story about how husband had affair and left her for another woman in community and wife had gone back to city /journalism .
Possibly "Moon" in the title ..though that may be wrong.
Thank you for reading . Please help !

Groovee Sat 07-Jan-17 20:49:13

Not got a clue! Hopefully someone can help x

PopGoesTheFuckingWeasel Sat 07-Jan-17 20:51:31

Is it "wife in the north"?

readsalotgirl63 Sun 08-Jan-17 19:04:20

Hi - this sounds vaguely familiar and I think may have been written by a journalist who had a column in the Glasgow Herald. I have a recollection of reading an extract and there being info about the book being published. The title may have been "from somewhere to the moon" or " moon over somewhere".
I did think it was the cookery writer Gizzi Erskine but having googled there is no mention of such a book on her website. Sorry can't be of more help !

Zogthebiggestdragon Sun 08-Jan-17 23:31:26

Bits of this sound vaguely like an Isla Dewar book - consequences of marriage maybe?

RapunzelsSplitEnds Sun 08-Jan-17 23:42:34

Would the book be written by Ridgeways? John and I cannot remember his wife's name but they set up an Outdoor Bound school in a remote area on the West Coast.

HowDoYouDrinkYourTea Sun 08-Jan-17 23:53:46

I'm not sure but if mumsnet has no joy try here https://www.reddit.com/r/whatsthatbook/

noschooll4mee Mon 09-Jan-17 16:55:19

Great suggestions ! Thankso for your ideas ,I'll start checking them out x

Iamtheresurrection Mon 09-Jan-17 20:31:43

Was Fiona Gibson the Herald journalist? She used to write for just 17 in my teenage years.

prettybird Mon 09-Jan-17 22:09:25

Fiona Gibson lives/lived in the Borders, so I don't think it's her (she used to be a MNer - no idea of she still is).

readsalotgirl63 Mon 09-Jan-17 22:24:30

Hi - have had another google - is it House by the shore by Alison Johnstone ?

noschooll4mee Wed 11-Jan-17 18:26:06

Hello everyone , sorry for delays in getting back to you I had switched off any notifications blush none of those unfortunately. Fiona Gibson seems too happily married - the author's marriage broke up .
Driving me nuts !
Thank you fr valiant efforts brew

wigglybeezer Wed 11-Jan-17 18:31:07

I've read it! My memory is bad but the name will surface eventually. Moon rings a bell and the name Gilly?

wigglybeezer Wed 11-Jan-17 18:32:39

Or Gillie, then something double barrelled?

BikeRunSki Wed 11-Jan-17 18:35:08

Wife in the North is set in Northumberland.

Bumply Wed 11-Jan-17 18:40:01

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00G4PVJHI/ref=mpss_a11_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1484159697&sr=1-3&pi=ACSX2366_SY340_QL65&keywords=Ghillie+Basan&dpPl=1&dpID=41b4-ngA7hL&ref=plSrch

Is it this one?
Written in 2001 and she's single now.

Mouse510 Wed 11-Jan-17 18:42:29

Katherine Stewart 'A Croft in the Hills'?

LilQueenie Wed 11-Jan-17 18:45:52

wasn't the Margaret series was it?

wigglybeezer Wed 11-Jan-17 18:53:50

Ghillie Basan, The Moons Our nearest Neighbour ?

wigglybeezer Wed 11-Jan-17 18:54:34

x- post!

noschooll4mee Wed 11-Jan-17 19:12:04

Wigglybreeze ..that's it !!! Thank you so much 💐❤💐❤💐

readsalotgirl63 Wed 11-Jan-17 21:07:14

Wow - well done wiggly ! Did she write for the Herald or am I imagining that? I did think the first name started with G - that's why I thought it might be Gizzi Erskine. I'm so pleased someone came up with the correct title - these things drive me nuts which is why I now keep a list of all the books I read.

MistressMaisie Wed 11-Jan-17 21:37:01

I think this is the cottage - or is attached to the original cottage.

www.unique-cottages.co.uk/cottages/highlands/aberdeen-morayshire/dt4-corrunich-cottage

wigglybeezer Wed 11-Jan-17 21:53:19

I have a lifelong ambition to buy a croft, sheep and highland pony, but DH is not an animal person and would probably divorce me if I did!

WankersHacksandThieves Wed 11-Jan-17 23:44:50

Bumply posted first! grin

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