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The last resort; The northeaster island; The beginnings of a moneymaker; Scissors are for apron strings; A Strange Noise at the Door; Seeing is believing - but not always; Letters to Saskatchewan; The first hospital caper; The eggbeater's friend; The black timebubble; Summerdust; Cool Stuart Jimson; The southern princess; The mandate of Gazpacho; The cheeseclimber; West of Greenwich won't do; The four holer; Boomer Patrick's fancy car; The stone bath; On the ability to let go with style; A strange noise in the garden; So you want to be a leader?; The vessel; Owen Sound Owen; Americans and the Georgia bus; The Christmas birds; The golf course duck; Sundown sauce; Meg's revenge.
The author is both a Scot and a Canadian, having immigrated to Canada in 1957 with his wife, Joyce Pringle Arnott. In Scotland he was a Mining Surveyor and avid cricketer. In Canada he decided to leave mining to gain a technical background in Highway & Railway design. A task which took seven years. This was to enable him to enter the field of Sales & Marketing. He entered this field with the Canadian Division of a U.S. Steel Company. He rose through the ranks and became Canadian Marketing Manager. This task involved extensive Continental travel. The stories in this book are mainly about that experience and the people he met, plus adventures in both Scotland & England. The book also contains fantasy tales of universal appeal. The stories were written in retirement over three Canadian winters from notes and memories. They were all written during the night. The short story form was considered the most lucid form to give variety and thoughtful change of pace for the busy reader, it is laced with humour. The book is an adventure condensed and largely true. The author, his wife, children and grandchildren all live in Ontario, Canada near Toronto. The motto of the author's family is 'PAX'. The author's personal motto is... 'It ain't easy being good'.
Charles Miller Hutton, author of "You've Got to Want to Go There" has put together some of his lifetime experiences and some of his imaginings. This is an ideal book for the traveler as it is a light hearted compilation of short stories with the occasional serious reminiscence. It can be packed away on arrival then picked up in the hotel without inconvenience, As a Scot with a penchant for traveling I have enjoyed many a good read on long haul flights. I would recommend this 'Treasury of short stories'.. You've got to want to read "You've got to want to go there"... by Charles Miller Hutton. I have no doubt you will enjoy being transported across Canada, experience being down a coal mine in Scotland or spending a night in a tent under the shadow of "Buachaille Etive Mor" near Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. I have been fortunate to have done all three afore mentioned and I enjoyed reliving them. I congratulate the author on his storytelling and his descriptive ability. J.M. Hutchinson. Editor of the Dollar Globe, Clackmannanshire. Scotland