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Literature / The Cone Gatherers

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The Cone Gathers is a novel by Scottish writer Robin Jenkins, first published in 1955.

Calum and Neil are Cone Gatherers who work in the forest of a Scottish estate during the Autumn of 1943, gathering cones that will replenish the forest. They incur the wrath of Duror, the groundskeeper, who is especially repulsed by Calum's hunched back. Their only friend is Roderick Campbell, son of the aristocratic landowner, while his mother Lady Runcie-Campbell dislikes the brothers and avoids communicating with them.

The story has heavy elements of Religion, Class and the concept of Good and evil. It is a common book for the Scottish higher curriculum.


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