Hawick and its hosiery tradition feature in a new collection of short stories, Miss Esther Scott’s Fancy, by the Scottish writer Lorn Macintyre.
The stories are devoted to dancing in several of its forms, and in one substantial story Esther, a young mill worker from Hawick, and an accomplished Scottish Country dancer, goes to the annual Summer School of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society in St Andrews for the first time in 1936. Esther finds romance with a Canadian pilot, who will later return to Scotland as a flying boat captain based in Oban during the war. But Martin Elliot, a mechanic in the Hawick mill where Esther works, is also attracted to her.
Miss Esther Scott’s Fancy (paperback) is priced £9.99.