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The Scottish Islands: The Bestselling Guide to Every Scottish Island Hardcover – 2 Oct 2008
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"As a reference source Haswell-Smith's book is invaluable . . . a monumental labour of love that communicates the author's own passion for island hopping and combines it delightfully with his further talents as a painter and artist." (Daily Telegraph)
"The definitive guide to Scottish island-hopping." (Sunday Telegraph)
"The best book for tootling around skerries and sea-stacks . . . this has it all." (Scotsman)
"Stunning." (Scottish Field)
"The island-hopping bible." (Big Issue in Scotland)
"This impressive tome is the first comprehensive guide to every single island and it's an eye-opener." (Glasgow Evening News)
"With support from excellent, attractive, informative maps and delightful sketches by the author...The book's wide appeal extends to the armchair traveller who will get the feel and breathe the air of these jewels scattered around the coast of Scotland. The author is to be congratulated on compiling so much in a readable way, and the publishers on a delightful production." (Yorkshire Gazette and Herald)
"The acknowledged Rosetta Stone of island hopping." Sunday TimesSee all Product description
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The book was ordered as a direct result of Paul Murton's interview with the author during one of his 'Grand Tours' television episodes. The book is packed full of details to do with every island. These details include a detailed and comprehensive map supported by considerable amounts of further information under such headings as Area, Height, Owner, Population, Geology, History and Wildlife. The information is presented in an easy informative style and makes for encouraging reading.
For this reviewer the main attraction of the purchase, as seen in the television episode, was the included quantity of sizeable and skilled watercolour paintings made by the author. These have been considerably reduced in scale as a consequence of the expansion of the revisions of this edition. That artistic loss has now been rectified by purchasing the author's companion book 'An Island Odyssey'. That was published in 1999 following on from the 52 week Herald Scottish island series of the same name. This complements the book under consideration and includes numerous full page watercolour illustrations of the size shown in Paul Murton's programme.
This is a thoroughly readable and uniquely comprehensive book likely to appeal to many more readers and explorers beyond keen sailors.
Even for those people who have no interest in sailing but would wish to become a bit more familiar with Scotland's great places, this collection gives you a comprehensive overview and a lot of detailed information of all islands, great and small, around the Scottish coast. It is written in a very entertaining way and you can nearly feel the wind blowing in your face. I thoroughly enjoyed it. SEP
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