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Featured on BBC Home Truths, this is the delightful memoir of a Beatle-mad, ex-pat Scot growing up in the north-east of England in the 1960s. The only girl in a family of boys, Janet was brought up in the 'Land of Boy' - a boarding school in Durham where her father Norman was housemaster. Every year, these seven MacLeods would cram into a Ford Zephyr for the two day journey back to the ancestral home on the Isle of Skye.

Beatlemania, the Girls from U.N.C.L.E, suffragette great-aunts, real chiefs, Donovan-spotting, a pastry scandal and a dash of blood-thirsty clan history - Janet's tales are amusing and touching, and vividly re-create the lost world of '60s Durham and the Scottish Highlands before mass tourism.

'I have so enjoyed Beatles and Chiefs.  It is a very long time since I have read anything that provoked such gales of laughter' T.K, Kilmarnock

‘You brought back many memories of the past – I don’t think I have laughed out loud reading a book for a long time.’ N.N., Edinburgh

‘Your book gave me immense pleasure – a lovely account of a happy childhood – you really do write beautifully.’ C.S., Isle of Skye.

‘How much I enjoyed reading your book – I am glad I read it on my own as I am sure people would think me mad as I chuckled and laughed.’ R.F., Edinburgh

‘Informative and amusing – a really super book.’ W.R., Isle of Skye. 

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