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The Adventures of Hamish and Mirren

Magical Scottish Stories for Children

Moira Miller
Mairi Hedderwick


Also available as: eBook

Range: Young Kelpies Paperback 224 pages 50 b/w illustrations 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 9781782502111 Publication date: 16 July 2015
Genres: Humour, Traditional stories Theme: Scottish Folklore Ideal for ages: 6, 7 and 8

Hamish and Mirren live in a quiet farmhouse by a beautiful loch in Scotland. Quiet, that is, except for the talking sea urchin, singing sand, hungry fairies, sad bogle and grumpy witch!

This delightful collection of stories is a true Scottish children's classic. Moira Miller's stories are full of wit and humour while Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedderwick's funny, charming illustrations bring gentle Hamish and his canny wife wonderfully to life for young readers.


'Scottish stories make me an explorer (an explorer seeking peculiarly Scottish wonders). In the world of children's books, none delivers them more assuredly than Miller's sublimely Scots-for-all-comers, recently compendiumised The Adventures of Hamish and Mirren: deftly sly, delightfully wry, filled with acute observation and delicious nonsense, lyricism and galumph, these stories are as beguiling as the magic that meddles in our eponymous heroes' lives. Glorious for sharing, they read richly in the mind's eye, too, opening wide a welcoming door to folkloric Scotland: guaranteed wonder-full.'
-- Simon Puttock, The Guardian, 'What are the best Scottish children's books?'

'I loved this book because it is funny. You can feel the wind and the rain and the cold coming out of the book. It is well written, for all ages. A good bedtime story book as well as reading on your own.'
-- Karis, age 10, Education Otherwise

'I think I'd like to meet Hamish. Traditional, fairy magic in short stories with a charming contemporary feel. I loved reading these, and I think you will too. Not just for children.'
-- Jill Marshall, Reading Matters (

'Written with panache and humour, Hamish and the Fairy Gifts is delightful entertainment.'
-- Childrens Books of the Year

'The seven to 10-year-old reader will simply love the adventures of Hamish and his friends. The illustrated stories in lovely Scottish surroundings rattle along with much humour.'
-- Greenock Telegraph

'A beautifully crafted book.'
-- Books for Keeps

'A children's tale told with wit and humour; illustrations by Mairi Hedderwick.'
-- Scots Magazine

Adventures of Hamish and Mirren


Moira Miller jacket cover

Moira Miller was born in Clydebank near Glasgow in January 1941 and grew up in the seaside town of Ayr. Moving to Glasgow, an administrative job with the BBC led to her having short stories broadcast on radio which she then expanded to create her…

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Mairi Hedderwick jacket cover

Mairi Hedderwick is the illustrator of Moira Miller’s much-loved The Adventures of Hamish and Mirren but is best known for her delightful Katie Morag stories for younger children. As well as illustrating children’s books, Mairi has provided illustrations for a stationary collection and written a…

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