This magnificent memoir is a record of transformation in its truest sense... Orkney legends tell of seals changing into humans, but, here, Liptrot is the shape-shifter, peeling off her wetsuit like blubber after snorkeling in the ice-cold sea.
A stunning, wild, and gracefully rendered account of life in the Scottish hinterlands.
Lyrical, transitioning from the rush of drinking into the raw sensations of island life.
A lyrical, brave memoir.... It's this aptitude Liptrot has for marrying her inner-space with wild outer-spaces that makes her such a compelling writer--and one to watch.
Luminous.... Fresh, clear-eyed and unflinching.
Worth reading for the descriptions of life on a 'beautiful, barely touched stretch of land.'