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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT DEVICE, 2 April 2015
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I have been experiencing difficulty in finding a mount which works - most of those with suction pads drop off the windscreen in the sun; this anti-slip board is excellent and I have had no trouble since. I can highly recommend it.

The Endless Tide
The Endless Tide
by Iain R. Thomson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Feb. 2015
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Island Wife: living on the edge of the wild
Island Wife: living on the edge of the wild
by Judy Fairbairns
Edition: Hardcover

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2.0 out of 5 stars Island Wife, 8 May 2013
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Disappointing! No illustrations or photographs - very poor in this day and age. No location given which would have been a welcome boost for the locality.
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The Cameron Collection: Moidart and Arisaig in the 19th Century.  An Album of Photographs by Christian Cameron (1859 - 1941)
The Cameron Collection: Moidart and Arisaig in the 19th Century. An Album of Photographs by Christian Cameron (1859 - 1941)
by Iain Thornber
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Old days in the West Highlands of Scotland, 19 July 2007
Christian Cameron was the grand daughter of Maj-Gen Sir Alexander Cameron KCB, one of the Duke of Wellington's most distinguished soldiers. When he retired, seriously wounded in the neck by a bullet from Waterloo, he bought the wild and romantic Inverailort Estate (known as 'Clanranald's Deer Forest') on the world famous Road to the Isles in the Western Highlands of Scotland. Here Christian stalked deer, fished for salmon and sailed among the many lochs and estuaries. She entertained on a grand scale, bred and promoted West Highland Terriers and Norwegian Elk Hounds at Crufts and captured it all through the lens of her whole-plate, field camera making her one of the earliest woman photographers to work on the West Coast of Scotland. Her photographs, mostly taken in the 1880s-90s and published here for the first time, not only record a way of life long since gone but are technically brilliant, beautifully composed and considerable works of art. Forty-seven of them are included in this book.
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Sea Room: An Island Life
Sea Room: An Island Life
by Adam Nicolson
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent work, 7 Dec. 2001
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This is a magnificent book, beautifully written with many excellent illustrations, likely to be the definitive volume on the Shiant Islands for years to come. More, it provides the benchmark for what is required for a study of all Scotland's outlying islands; all previous studies will be found wanting after this exemplary model.

The book consists of sixteen chapters fundamentally dealing with the geology, wildlife and archareology of three uninhabited islands lying five miles or so off the coast of Lewis. But this is no dry history. The back cloth is a dazzling concentration of towering basaltic cliffs, crowds of guillemots, razorbills, great skuas and 240,000 puffins; the violence and danger of the surrounding seas; the songs and verse which encapsulate former island life, accounts of attempted murder, witchcraft and catastrophe and the treasured place the Shiants still hold in the Hebridean mind. The stage is a microcosm of richness: Bronze Age gold, the memory of sea eagles, an 8th century hermit and his carved stone pillow, memories of cruel clearances soaked up by the landscape and tales passed down from generation to generation.

This is not another 'happy-clappy' saga written by a romantic, weekend recluse but a powerful baring of the soul by a man who has earned the admiration and friendship of his fellow islanders intertwined with his love of the past and a deep understanding of the rocks from which these islands have been hewn. For the first time since he inherited the Shiants from his father twenty years ago, Adam Nicolson tells the full story of his own experiences there in a style no other writer of the Hebrides has ever attempted before or since.

Overall SEA ROOM is a stimulating book and one I read pleasurably and admiringly from cover to cover, non-stop. For this well written, well researched and scholarly work, Adam Nicolson has placed all students of the Hebrides in his debt. It deserves to be read by all involved in the contemporary study of Scottish life.

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