- Paperback: 295 pages
- Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd; Reprint edition (15 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905207204
- ISBN-13: 978-1905207206
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.2 x 21.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Between Weathers: Travels in 21st Century Shetland (Non-Fiction) Paperback – 15 May 2008
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a lovely and very engaging read. It is very informative, giving a detailed insight into the history, geology and most interestingly, the people of the Shetland Islands... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert A
Loved reading this book by Ron McMillan, he captures life in the Shetland Isles with a mixture of humour and accuracy.Published 4 months ago by Andrew L.
Plenty to whet the appetite for a trip to the Shetland Isles. A great read, informative and entertaining. Certainly makes one want to visit the islands and explore.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very enjoyable read full of details and interesting anecdotes.Published 10 months ago by C. Cassanell
I don't usually read NF books, but am so glad that I read this book.
It is a warm and highly amusing tale of travels and misadventures in The Shetlands. Read more
Much more than a travel guide, almost an adventure in Scotland 's most northerly islands . The Captivating writing style made this difficult to put down between IslandsPublished on 20 Aug. 2014 by Sluggy Slugmeister
I love Ron McMillan's writing style - laid back and informative. He can paint superb images with words. A rare talent. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2014 by Paul J
I found this book dreadful to read. Not informative, very OTT language. I put it down after trying hard to work my way through the first paragraph.Published on 14 Nov. 2013 by Ute
When I read the author biography, I was expecting a bit of an ego trip. I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2013 by Damian Murphy