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Jim Drever is a stillman at an unnamed distillery in the Scottish Highlands. It is a solitary job, allowing much time for introspection between recording measurements of alcoholic strength in the logbook. Jim’s job is important; he is respected in the workplace by his colleagues and the management. He has a perfect family; a wife, a daughter who is about to get married; and a younger son. Jim has a placid nature; he has no great wish to travel or see the world; he simply accepts the cards that life has dealt him. But beneath the calm exterior, Jim has a lot going on. He is haunted by a visit
Murphy was 74 when she started these three trips to Cuba. The first in 2005 with her daughter and three grandchildren the other two visits were on her own. She hiked, hitch hiked, travelled by train, and bus and crammed into over full cars and lorries as she made her way around the island. Staying with local people in Casa Particlulares (Cuban equivalents of B&B, just don’t expect many with ensuite facilities – outside loos were common in some of the remoter areas) as always she eschewed the tourist hotels and went native. Filled with her consummate prose, this depiction of life in a