Book Review: Sanners Gow’s Tales and Folklore of the Buchan: Pat Hutchison

12 04 2017

Pat Hutchison has inherited the gift of storytelling and the twenty-six stories in his first collection are a glorious set of tales. The authentic voice of the North-East of Scotland comes through loud and clear as the stories are written in Doric Scots, which adds to their beauty and means nothing is lost in translation.

It would be extremely difficult to choose one or two favourites as every story in the collection is a joy. The stories range from ancient tales about treating strangers well because you never know who they are to more modern tales of bravery during the 20th C World Wars. Jessie Hutton is one such war story – a truly beautiful love story about Jessie’s bravery and what she went through for love of her man. It might sound Mills & Boon, but it truly isn’t. It’s a tale with a twist and a half and the supernatural element conjures goosebumps.

There are other ghost stories too – more than enough to whet the appetite and leave the reader wanting more. But the jewels in this treasure of a book are snippets of folklore contained in some of the stories  such as s The Lichten Green and The Prechum Steen.

Pat Hutchison’s first book will not disappoint.


Sanners Gow’s Tales and Folklore of the Buchan: Pat Hutchison (The Deveron Press, 2017) Published May 20th. Pre-publication signed copies available now from Unco, £9.99