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Gaucho Laird - The Life of R. B. "Don Roberto" Cunninghame Graham


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Publisher:The Long Riders' Guild Press, 2005



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There once rode a man whose life could not be compared to ordinary mortals. This gentleman roamed the world, saddled every breed of horse, lived through a hundred adventures, went to prison to defend his beliefs and wrote like an angel. They called him Don Roberto Cunninghame Graham and the world was a sadder place for having lost sight of his great soul. Yet how do you encapsulate such a gigantic existence onto the cramped pages of a single book? And who could possibly understand the life and times of a mounted literary legend? This stunning new biography is the answer to both questions, for the book has been written by the person who learned first hand from the Gaucho Laird himself. Don Robertos great-niece, Jean Cunninghame Graham, (Jean, Lady Polwarth) has written a striking biography of the man who rode with the gauchos and battled social injustice as a Member of Parliament in London. First-hand knowledge, a treasure trove of family documents, unexpected discoveries, and a delightful writing style all combine to bring the authors famous uncle to life. Jeans Gaucho Laird is readable and lively, with lots of new material. It is a distinctly vivid tribute to a great man, said Professor Cedric Watts, an expert on the life and accomplishments of the man who championed Scottish home rule. Regardless of where he was, or what great adventure he was involved in, Don Roberto could be counted on to turn his keen eye and quick pen to recording the colourful life swirling around him. His great-niece has now followed in his footsteps, by bringing the Scottish Don Quixote to life at last.

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