Poacher's Pilgrimage: An Island Journey Hardcover – 2 Jun 2016
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'Fascinating, provocative and, occasionally, very funny' - --Joanna Kavenna, Times Literary Supplement
'One of the most fascinating books I've read for a long while, if maddeningly hard to categorise' - --David Robinson, Scotsman
'Poacher's Pilgrimage is a book full of generosity, spry in its thinking and detailed in its observations' - Scotland on Sunday
'The language is almost poetic, reflecting the writer's artistic gifts and his understanding of Celtic and pre-Celtic culture' - David Thomson, Press & Journal (book of the week)
'If this sounds more serious than a Presbyterian church service, there is great fun to be found in Poacher's Pilgrimage. McIntosh is an entertaining subversive' ---The National
About the Author
Alastair McIntosh is an independent writer, broadcaster, speaker and activist who is involved in a wide range of contemporary issues, from land reform, globalization and nonviolence to psychology, spirituality and ecology.
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Amongst other things, it is humble and humorous account of a person traversing his own history against the background of the history of a place. It is an accounting of the way in which culture is informed by its places and informs those places. It reminds us that our ecology is inescapably a human one so the stories we tell are critical if our lives are to be harmonising or conflictual, with one another as much as with our places.
It explores the consequences of religious ideas, good, bad, indifferent and ugly, on our social and ecological lives, most notably on the subject of our propensity for violence and the possibilities of peace. It paints affectionate vignettes of people, animals and places met and remembered, not least portraits of soldiers who Alastair encounters in his lecturing who find themselves addressed by the complexities of violence.
It reminds us that, as a friend said on our recent holiday to the west coast of Scotland, you do not have to move for the landscape to be constantly changing. It reminds you that the elements so often decide what you see and impinge greatly on what you feel, moment to moment!
It is a lovely, accomplished and thought provoking book.