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James Miller was born and brought up in
Keiss. After some time furth of Scotland, he returned to live near
Inverness in 1983. Most of his books are non-fiction, such as Salt in
the Blood (1999) – about the fishing communities around the Scottish
coast; Scapa (2000) and The North Atlantic Front (2003) – about the two
world wars in the northern islands; The Dambuilders (2002) – about the
building of hydro-electric schemes in the Highlands; and, most recently,
Swords for Hire (2007) – about Scottish mercenaries in Europe.
His novel, A Fine White Stoor, about a present-day Caithness crofter and his land, was published in 1992. It is now out of print. In 1995 Orkney Press published his account of the Pentland Firth – A Wild and Open Sea.
James also writes a weekly column – Miller’s Tales – in the Inverness Courier on any subject that takes his fancy, and an occasional sketch column – Intimations from Inverness - on the doings of Highland Council for the Caithness Courier. His long-running fictional serial called The Brimster Saga – he calls it his soap opera – appears weekly in the John o’Groat Journal.
His interest in languages and dialects led him to compile a dictionary of Caithness dialect, A Caithness Wordbook, published in 2001 and now out of print, with information on its history, grammar and etymology. He has also experimented with poetry in dialect, the results of which – Fangan wi Verses - was published in 2002.
|A Fine White Stoor|
|'one of the most accurate evocations of Caithness country life ever written'||Donald Campbell, Chapman|
|'nigh-on impossible to put down'||Hector MacKenzie, John O'Groat Journal|
|A Wild and Open Sea|
|' a must for anyone interested in psychology, topography and history of the northern areas of Scotland||George Gunn, The Scotsman|
|'a weave of hard fact and nostalgia, legend and statistics, and destined to become a definitive work'||Jim Hewitson, The Herald|
|Salt in the Blood|
|'one of the best histories of the Scottish fishing industry||Bob Kennedy, Press and Journal|
|'One of the great strengths of this book is the time spent... in travelling the length of Scotland, interviewing fishermen'||James Nicolson, Shetland Times|
|'Salt in the Blood is a prime catch'||Margaret Chrystall, Highland News|
Yin muckle hill at islands
Set foot or wheel on e rod at taks
Til e north wi a nether's
twists an twines;
SATURDAY 15TH JUNE 1996
Life unrolls at forty miles
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