The Shetland Islands sit where the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea meet, closer to the Arctic Circle than to London. Over the centuries they have been a vital staging post for Vikings, Hanseatic traders and merchant sailors from faraway lands. Yet somehow, the same islands remain off the map of British consciousness. Ron McMillan spent weeks on the unbeaten Shetland tourist path, braving the weathers to explore scenic landmarks, archaeological treasure troves and remote islands so under populated that for centuries they have lived with the threat of abandonment. A travel writer for more than twenty years, McMillan cast an inquisitive and witty eye over present-day Shetland to interweave the Islands history, archaeology and 400-million-year-old geology with observations of a remarkably hospitable society that remains intricately connected to the outside world. His warm and generous narrative is the first original Shetland travelogue since 1869. Set amidst fascinating locations and soaked in history, filled with stories skilfully told, this is a book for lovers of lyrical travel writing delivered with informed authority and irresistible humour.
Author of three books, with more on the way.
The latest, Bangkok Cowboy, is a crime thriller set in Thailand that introduces two new central characters - Mason & Dixie, private eyes working the murky underworld of one of the most fascinating capitals in the world. The sequel to Bangkok Cowboy is in the works.
My previous crime thriller, set in South Korea, is Yin Yang Tattoo. Well received by the critics, it is available paperback and in print. It is published by Sandstone Press in the United Kingdom.
BETWEEN WEATHERS, Travels in 21st Century Shetland, is published by Sandstone Press. Nominated shortly after publication for the prestigious Saltire Society Awards, it continues to sell well, and is the inspiration behind a feature film, also called BETWEEN WEATHERS, that is currently in pre-production, with filming scheduled for spring 2014.
A writer and photographer based for most of the last thirty years in Asia, I worked from a Hongkong base for ten years between 1988 and 1998, visiting most parts of the region on multiple occasions, on photo assignments for magazines in the USA and Europe including Time, Newsweek, Businessweek, Fortune and L'Express.
I now spend a large part of the year in Thailand. More information and contact details are at my website, http://www.ronmcmillan.com
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