Margaret Leigh was already a successful author when her longing for freedom and independence led to her decision to become a crofter in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. These memoirs describe her attempts to transform a deserted croft into a home, and her struggles to snatch land back from the wilderness. Although far from the Blitz, the effects of the war were felt throughout the Highlands, and the rationing of food and vital materials, battles with bureaucrats who had no understanding of a crofter's needs and even the appearance of a Nazi mine off the coast all frustrated Margaret Leigh's efforts. But despite the hardships, the land and the people of the Highlands gave her a contentment and happiness she had never known before.
One of very few books available on Moidart, Spade Amongst the Rushes evokes the enchanted, magical beauty of this much loved area of the country.