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Voices from the Past now available

The 2nd edition of Voices from the Past: Stories of North Roe is now available for purchase from the UK (worldwide shipping)!

You can order your copy online at The Great British Bookshop:

Also now available through the Shetland Times Bookshop in Lerwick.

Softcover - £22.99 (80 GSM bond paper, lighter for shipping)

Hardcover - £29.99 (115 GSM coated paper, slightly better photo quality)

US/Canada publishing option will be available October 2023.

Look Inside:

"It was with a happy, friendly feeling that I bade good morning to the land of my birth after an absence of forty-nine years."

PETER INKSTER emigrated to Western Canada as a young man, returning to his native Shetland Islands just once, in 1948. During that journey, he kept a diary of his post-war observations and childhood memories. Peter’s stories offer a poignant, often humorous glimpse into humble village life at the end of the nineteenth century.

Generations later, his great-granddaughter, Karen Inkster Vance, stood at a ship’s rail as it sailed into Lerwick, eager to retrace Peter's footsteps. She initially set out to uncover her own family’s Shetland past, but in the decades since, her quest has expanded. Weaving extensive historical research – interviews, letters, photos, newspaper articles, and archival documents – with her great-grandfather’s narrative, Inkster Vance has painstakingly pieced together the story of an entire community and a way of life gone by.

Both a homecoming memoir and a compelling local history, Voices from the Past tells the true stories of ordinary people from a remote Norse Scottish fishing village. This book will leave you with a deep appreciation for the crofters, knitters, fishermen, and merchant seamen of North Roe who struggled – and survived – along the edge of the sea.


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