David Thomson was born in India of Scottish parents in 1914. On returning to England, much of his childhood was spent in the country, in Derbyshire, and at Nairn where his grandparents lived. While still a student at Oxford he took on work as a tutor with an Anglo-Irish family in County Roscommon, where he eventually stayed for almost ten years. Later, he joined the BBC and wrote and produced many distinguished radio programmes, including The Irish Storyteller series and a number of documentaries on animal folklore. He left the BBC in 1970 in order to write full time. He died in 1988.
The People Of The Sea: Celtic Tales of the Seal-Folkby David Thomson, Seamus Heaney (Introduction)
A magical world emerges, in which men are rescued by seals in stormy seas,
'They say she is something different from every creature . . . I've known men that wouldn't go near her to kill her, and men that would cross themselves looking at the dead body of her. But myself and my father were close to them all our lives. And I myself have handled them alive and dead.'
A magical world emerges, in which men are rescued by seals in stormy seas, take seal-women for their wives and have their children suckled by seal-mothers. Mysterious and fascinating, timeless and haunting, Thomson's beautiful prose is rich in rewards and surprises.
The People of the Sea is a classic retelling of the selchie or seal-people story, a cornerstone of Celtic folklore. Thomson's extraordinary book is celebrated for bringing to life these enchanting stories and exquisite creatures.
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