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Between Weathers: Travels in 21st Century Shetland (Non-Fiction) by [McMillan, Ron]
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About the Author

Ron McMillan has been travelling since 1979, when he spent time in Germany working on Formula One cars. This was not quite as glamorous as it sounds, particularly since the workshop was a grimy factory in Bavaria -- and the cars were toys. The following summer saw him in Germany again, where demolishing the roof of a metals factory sixty feet above swimming-pool-sized vats of boiling acid was only slightly less perilous than working with three psychotic Liverpudlians, all of whom were called Frank. After two years in Australia and New Zealand (funded by dishwashing, driving and digging ditches), came fifteen years in the Far East. He began in Korea as a part-time English teacher and full-time student of Tae Kwon-do; then, amidst the flying rocks and tear gas shells of nationwide student demonstrations in the run-up to the 1988 Seoul Olympics, became a freelance writer and photographer for newspapers and magazines in Asia, Europe and America. During a decade based in Hongkong, he visited Mainland China nearly fifty times, lied to men carrying guns in at least a dozen different countries, and made five tourist visits to isolated North Korea. The resultant photographs from North Korea graced the covers and inside pages of Time, Newsweek, L Express and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. On his return to Scotland in 1998, he took on a domestic travel column for The Herald. He also wrote and photographed travel and business stories for magazines including the inflight titles of Cathay Pacific Airways, Korean Air, Thai Airways and Japan Airlines. In the autumn of 2005, he spent five weeks in Shetland researching the first travel narrative to be written about the islands since 1869. Between Weathers Travels in 21st Century Shetland is the result. Ron McMillan is now a correspondent based in Bangkok, Thailand, where a vibrant live music scene allows him to indulge his passion for playing blues harmonica rather badly.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press; Reprint edition (26 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00422KX18
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
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This is a truly delightful book. I felt totally bereft when I finished it .
During his stay in Shetland Ron McMillan not only talked to a lot of Shetlanders he also listened to them and the result is an extremely informative and easy read.
I have lived in Shetland for 30 years but still learned things I didn't know and was reminded of things I had forgotten.
A lot of my friends will be getting this book for Christmas if not before.
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Ron McMillan has written an excellent book that has made this particular traveler want to conquer his own aversion to traveling by sea and high tail it up to this stunning part of the country. Extremely difficult to put this book down once I stared to read it. Congratulations Ron!

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A great read, once I started I couln't put it down. Informative in an easy read style.Nicely humerous . Full of couthy chat and enlightening stories of Shetland folk.I cannot recommend it highly enough and will definitely be taking it along on my next trip back to Shetland.
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every now and then a life-affirming feelgood pops up from nowhere-and this is one of the best.Filled with impressive research and love of its subject,this is a triumph in the finest tradition of travel writing.A rare combination of wistful and forceful it is a humourous journey of self-discovery we can only hope McMillan continues in Orkney,Islay and the WesternIsles.Is the new Neil Munro in our midst?
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A nicely written, warm, humane, and informative account of a recent trip to Shetland by a Scottish journalist who has spent most of his career working in Asia. McMillan visits just out of season, and he takes the time to mix with locals to try to get a feel for life in the islands. Being Scottish, yet still an outsider, gives him a good perspective from which to take in Shetland. This seems to be McMillan's first book of travel writing, and I'm looking forward to more from him in the future. The Sandstone Press is also looking increasingly interesting as a publisher of quality Scottish non-fiction.
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I found this book difficult to put down, not just because he wrote in such an interesting way of the geological, historical, sociological -I could go on- features of the Shetlands interspersed with such humour and engaging characters as well as insights into other aspects of his life, but because his prose is so poetic - especially when he writes of the weather. These descriptions read like prose poetry. I'm glad it is being considered for a Saltire Award.
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This is a superb piece of travel writing -- no surprise, then, that it has been nominated for a Saltire Society Literary Award. Finely-honed prose from a likeable, engaging narrator exploring the scenery, history, geology and more besides of what sounds like a fascinating part of the world, it reflects beautifully and very positively on Shetland and Shetlanders. I have never been to the islands, but this book has convinced me of the need to put that right.
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After meeting Ron in that October and spending time with him since, I was really looking forward to reading his book. I've just finished it and loved it, now I know all that scribbling in notebooks was worth it!
It's lovely to read about the islands I love from Ron's perception of us all.
I would have loved to see more photgraphs as I know he has some fantastic shots, but a visit to his website helps fulfill that desire.
I look forward to the next trip he writes about - maybe our trip to Faroe?
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