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Linda C.

I confess ignorance. I'm from US and have no idea just what is meant by "mannie" in reference to Hitler or anyone else. A Google search yields lots of hits, but one I can make sense of. Can someone shed some light on this for me?


A mannie is just a man, Linda. In the part of Scotland where the book is set, it is (or certainly used to be) the habit to use the diminutive almost all the time, so people would speak of a housie, a bookie, a horsie, and so on. To hear someone like Hitler referred to in that way is quaint, but also - by its very nature - diminishes him, makes him 'wee', which could have been quite powerful psychologically.

Anji Brown

Amy Chua' book seems to be raising quite a few eyebrows over here and after listening to the interview on NPR (National Public Radio) I doubt/know that I will be buying her book. Years ago I got the opportunity to listen to a 'Tiger Mama' in action at a violin recital my son was playing in and I thought the interaction between the mother and child was child abuse.

Like everything, it really depends on your own expections and how you were raised. Now I do wonder if the Chinese children my children went to school with are any more sucessfulin their lives then the western children in their class.

Anji Brown

Oops I will not be buying her book!!

Marybel Tracey

I would love to be the recipient of the book your offering. Does the fact I lived in Jemimaville the same village that Jane Duncan lived in carry any clout? Her cottage looked towards Invergordon and ours towards Cromarty. Her grave is in Kirkmichael Kirkyard a place I visited often. I believe from vilagers who knew her she was quite a character. Jessie Kesson also lived there and so too more recently did Marie Hedderwick.

Julie Fredericksen

Consider my name in the hat!


It is an eye-opener, Anji!


A local reader, Marybel - great! What you say about Mairi Hedderwick is interesting as I see she has illustrated some of Jane Duncan's children's books, and I felt there was something of her character Katie Morag about Janet, the narrator of My Friends the Miss Boyds.

Ruth M.

Haven't read 'Tiger Mother' the book, only the excerpts in the NY Times. Thought you might enjoy this op-ed take:

And this quote from my 15-year-old granddaughter: "Seems like she will end up making her daughters hate her."

Thanks for all you do here on Cornflower.


Thanks, Ruth, that's a most interesting look at the other side of the story.

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