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The Ferrymen [Paperback]

Gary McKay


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"The Ferrymen takes the familiar and presents it anew. Forget Dame Ellen MacArthur - a pilot on the Jura ferry does an equivalent distance four times in his lifetime. A remarkable and visionary work - Michael Rusell"
--Michael Russell, Arts critic, Glasgow, Scotland, 2005

From the Publisher

Grainy and gritty, just like the lives of the men and ships it captures, "The Ferrymen" is a minor jewel of a book. A limited publication that accompanied a photographic exhibition. Only 200 copies printed, so a very limited edition.

From the Author

This is what Ferrymen get up to, and what the general public never see, as they strive to maintain what the public take for granted - communication with "the mainland" and their fellow islands.

About the Author

Gary McKay has a Ph.D. in Geography (Univ. of Edinburgh) and has worked at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory at NASA John Stennis Space Center, as well as being a veteran of both the US Navy and US Army. "The Ferrymen" is his second of three books in print, the others being "Jura: Language and Landscape" (2005 - House of Lochar)and "The Sea King: The Life of James Iredell Waddell" (2009 - Birlinn). A forthcoming book about the American Civil War
will be released soon.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

The Ferrymen is a photographic documentary, actually a cultural snapshot, of the working lives of the ferrymen and women who keep the lifeblood of the Hebrides flowing - and that liefbllod carries things such as whisky, sheep, many cows, food and the occasional red telephone box in need of replacement. Everything comes by ferry to the islands at some point.
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