Lillian Beckwith

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Lillian Beckwith
Beckwith's publicity photograph
Beckwith's publicity photograph
Died3 January 2004(2004-01-03) (aged 87–88)

Lillian Beckwith (25 April 1916 – 3 January 2004), real name Lillian Comber, was an English writer best known for her series of semi-autobiographical books set on the Isle of Skye.

Born Lilian Lloyd in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire,[1] she married Edward Comber in 1937, and in 1942 she moved with him to Elgol, Isle of Skye, under doctor's orders for a rest. Moving to the nearby and smaller Isle of Soay, she eventually bought and ran her own croft. Her life on the island provided the basis for seven books published between 1959 and 1978, although allegedly, some of her neighbours later felt that the somewhat comical characters on Beckwith's fictional island of Bruach were too close to real persons, causing Beckwith to become something of a persona non grata in her former home.[citation needed] She moved to the Isle of Man in 1962 and died on 3 January 2004 aged 87.[2]


Skye series[edit]

(The above titles were published collectively in A Hebridean Omnibus, 1987)

(The above titles were published collectively in A Second Hebridean Omnibus, 1991)

All are also available as audiobooks narrated by Hannah Gordon.[4]

Beckwith also wrote a book entitled About my Father's Business (1971), about her childhood in her father's grocery shop.


A collection of short stories :

And a cookery book :

  • 1976 Hebridean Cook Book


  1. ^ Europa Publications (2003). International Who's Who of Authors and Writers 2004. Psychology Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-85743-179-7.
  2. ^ ISLAND AUTHOR DIES - Isle of Man Today
  3. ^ a b Available in book form, first published by Hutchinson (London) with later reprints and illustrated by Douglas Hall
  4. ^ Ealaghol Isle of Skye - Lillian Beckwith's Books
  5. ^ BBC Audiobooks America Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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