12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
gets better as it goes on,
This review is from: The Life and Death of St. Kilda: The moving story of a vanished island community (Paperback)
There have been numerous books written about St Kilda and the evacuation. This work, and Charles McLean's 'Island on the Edge of the World' are probably the most comprehensive and best known.
Whilst reading this book, my early impressions were that it was pretty poor in comparison to Mclean's, which gives a much better account of the day to day existance of islanders and their customs. However, once nearer to the end of Steel's book I realised that it is really covering a different series of events to Mcleans. Whereas Mclean gives a fascinating account of life on St Kilda, Steels book is more concerned with the years immediately leading up to the evacuation and the reasons for the evacuation. It also deals at considerable length with the fortunes of the St Kildans post-evacuation, and looks in detail at the happenings on the island since evacuation.
So, although some parts of the book are a bit of a toil (e.g. numerous pages discussing GPO system)it's probably worth 5 stars in the round.