Harpoon at a Venture


Author: Gavin Maxwell
Publisher: Birlinn
ISBN: 0857907042
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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A shark fishery based on the tiny Hebridean island of Soay was the beginning of Gavin Maxwell's enduring love affair with the west coast of Scotland. This, his first book, tells the whole story - the challenge and drama of the shark hunt, the development of catching techniques and equipment, the men who worked with him and some of the frustrations of starting a new enterprise in post-war Scotland. Every chapter is packed with action and anecdote. In each there are also beautifully observed descriptions of sky, sea and the individual islands of the Hebrides as well as their wildlife - from gannets, puffins, Manx shearwaters and fulmars to seals, dolphins and whales.

Hebridean Sharker


Author: Tex Geddes
Publisher: Birlinn
ISBN: 0857906437
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 170
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In 'Hebridean Sharker' Tex Geddes describes his exploits during the 1950s as a hunter of basking sharks in the waters of the Minch, between the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Using an adapted whaling harpoon, he and his crew stalked these huge fish often in perilous conditions, the liver of which is a valuable source of oil. Always a maverick, before World War Two Geddes had been a boxer and a rumrunner to Newfoundland. During the war he established a reputation as an expert knife-thrower and bayonet fencer and served in the Special Forces with Gavin Maxwell (author of Ring of Bright Water). He combined the hazardous pursuit of sharks with crewing the local lifeboat, ring-net fishing, lobstering, deer-stalking and salmon poaching. He went on to purchase the tiny island of Soay, where he lived with his wife Jeanne, continued to hunt sharks and became the Laird. His story is full of adventures and fantastic descriptions of a seagoing life in the islands. It has become a Hebridean classic.

The House of Elrig


Author: Gavin Maxwell
Publisher: Birlinn Publishers
ISBN: 9781841582580
Category: Galloway (Scotland)
Page: 208
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This is the personal story of Gavin Maxwell's boyhood, most of which he spent, in fact or in fancy, at the House of Elrig, a lonely, windswept house on the moorlands of Galloway. This is the house which, together with the influence of his relations, shaped his interest in living creatures and his love of wild country and wilderness, and led the way to the life he describes in Ring of Bright Water. It covers his boyhood, public school education in England, and return to Scotland.

The Ring of Bright Water Trilogy

Ring of Bright Water, The Rocks Remain, Raven Seek Thy Brother
Author: Gavin Maxwell
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0140290494
Category: Fiction
Page: 407
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Fifty years ago Gavin Maxwell went to live in an abandoned house on a shingle beach on the west coast of Scotland. A haven for wildlife - he named his home Camusfearna and settled there with the otters Mij, Edal and Teko. Ring of Bright Water chronicles Gavin Maxwell's first ten years with the otters and touched the hearts of readers the world over, brilliantly evoking life with these playful animals in this natural paradise. Two further volumes followed bringing the story full circle telling of the difficult last years and the final abandonment of teh settlement. For the first time the entire trilogy is available in a single narrative in this beautifully presented book.

Sportsman's Library

100 Essential, Engaging, Offbeat, and Occasionally Odd Fishing and Hunting Books for the Adventurous Reader
Author: Stephen Bodio
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762794038
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 272
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100 Essential, Engaging, Offbeat, and Occasionally Odd Fishing and Hunting Books for the Adventurous Reader

Off in a Boat


Author: Neil Gunn
Publisher: New Amsterdam Books
ISBN: 1461718619
Category: Fiction
Page: 348
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In 1937, the Scottish writer, Neil Gunn, gave up his job in the civil service, sold his house in Inverness, and bought a boat. With his wife and his brother John, he set off on a three-month voyage around Inner Hebrides. The boat had outlived its first youth, and its engine was somewhat cranky; she went tolerably under sail. These are not high recommendations, but for Gunn, and at times his fellow voyagers, the vessel was an argosy of freedom, of adventure and misadventure–for they were fairly inexperienced sailors, and the waters of the region are by no means placid. Gunn was a Scots nationalist in a sense that goes far beyond the political, even though he thought that an independent Scotland was the only proper basis for a reasonable civilization. He was by nature poetic, uplifted or cast down by changing skies, seascapes, and shores. His descriptions of those things, including their moods, are remarkably evocative. And he is also a passionate historian of his country, exalting its possibilities, anathematizing its shortcomings. The book is illustrated with Daisy Gunn's photographs taken on the voyage, which are palpably amateur but wonderfully telling.

The Marsh Arabs


Author: Wilfred Thesiger
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1436265584
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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“Five thousand years of history were here and the pattern was still unchanged.” During the years he spent among the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq, Wilfred Thesiger came to understand, admire and share a way of life that had endured for many centuries. Travelling from village to village by canoe, he won acceptance by dispensing medicines and treating the sick. In this account of his time there, he pays tribute to the hospitality, loyalty, courage and endurance of the people, describes their impressive reed houses, the waterways and lakes teeming with wildlife, the herding of buffalo and hunting of wild boar, moments of tragedy and moments of pure comedy, all in vivid, engaging detail. Untouched by the modern world until recently, these independent people, their way of life and their surroundings suffered widespread destruction under the regime of Saddam Hussein. Wilfred Thesiger's magnificent account of his time spent among them is a moving testament to their now threatened culture and the landscape they inhabit. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Gavin Maxwell

the life of the man who wrote Ring of bright water
Author: Douglas Botting
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 585
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Shark Drunk

The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean
Author: Morten Stroksnes
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0451493494
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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A salty story of friendship, adventure, and the explosive life that teems beneath the ocean The Lofoten archipelago, just North of the Arctic Circle, is a place of unsurpassed beauty—the skyline spikes with dramatic peaks; the radiant greens and purples of the Northern Lights follow summers where the sun never sets. It’s a place of small villages, where the art of fishing, though evolving, is still practiced in traditional ways. Beneath the great depths surrounding these islands lurks the infamous Greenland shark. At twenty-four feet in length and weighing more than a ton, it is truly a beast to behold. But the shark is not known just for its size: Its meat contains a toxin that, when consumed, has been known to make people drunk and hallucinatory. Shark Drunk is the true story of two friends, the author and the eccentric artist Hugo Aasjord, as they embark on a wild pursuit of the famed creature—all from a tiny rubber boat. Together they tackle existential questions and encounter the world’s most powerful maelstrom as they attempt to understand the ocean from every possible angle, drawing on poetry, science, history, ecology, mythology, and their own—sometimes intoxicated—observations, meanwhile pursuing the elusive Greenland shark. By turns thrilling, wise, and hilarious, Shark Drunk is a celebration of adventure, marine life, and, above all, friendship. Winner of the Norwegian Brage Prize 2015 Winner of the Norwegian Critics’ Prize for Literature 2015 Winner of the Norwegian Reine Ord Prize at Lofoten International Literature Festival 2016

The Old Man and the Sea


Author: Ernest Miller Hemingway
Publisher: Al Manhal
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 84
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This is an Egyptian edition of one of the most internationally celebrated works of fiction, Hemingway’s The old Man and the Sea. A Pulitzer-award and - Noble-prize winner, this work has cer- tainly become so extensively known all over the world, receiving a myriad of critical studies and translations. Hemingway himself could have never imagined such a sweeping success for his novel- la, devised while temporarily staying (for a few weeks) at a fishing village in Cuba. It is not simply the story of a big fish catch, but it is the story of a touching human relationship between old age and younghood, not to mention its highly philosophical message that it carries. All this, apart from other equally significant factors, makes Hemingway’s work worth reading and contemplating.

The Crofter and the Laird


Author: John McPhee
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374708649
Category: Social Science
Page: 160
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When John McPhee returned to the island of his ancestors—Colonsay, twenty-five miles west of the Scottish mainland—a hundred and thirty-eight people were living there. About eighty of these, crofters and farmers, had familial histories of unbroken residence on the island for two or three hundred years; the rest, including the English laird who owned Colonsay, were "incomers." Donald McNeill, the crofter of the title, was working out his existence in this last domain of the feudal system; the laird, the fourth Baron Strathcona, lived in Bath, appeared on Colonsay mainly in the summer, and accepted with nonchalance the fact that he was the least popular man on the island he owned. While comparing crofter and laird, McPhee gives readers a deep and rich portrait of the terrain, the history, the legends, and the people of this fragment of the Hebrides.

God Protect Me from My Friends


Author: Gavin Maxwell
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Crime
Page: 216
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The War on Normal People

The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future
Author: Andrew Yang
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 0316414255
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
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From entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, an eye-opening look at how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes-and a rallying cry for the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy. The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future--now. One recent estimate predicts 45 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next twelve years--jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant. The consequences of these trends are already being felt across our communities in the form of political unrest, drug use, and other social ills. The future looks dire-but is it unavoidable? In The War on Normal People, Yang imagines a different future -- one in which having a job is distinct from the capacity to prosper and seek fulfillment. At this vision's core is Universal Basic Income, the concept of providing all citizens with a guaranteed income-and one that is rapidly gaining popularity among forward-thinking politicians and economists. Yang proposes that UBI is an essential step toward a new, more durable kind of economy, one he calls "human capitalism."

Raven Seek They Brother


Author: Gavin Maxwell
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781842625293
Category: Country life
Page: 257
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Gavin Maxwell lived at Camusfearna, facing Skye on the Sound of Sleat, for many years. This is a self-portrait full of anecdotes, descriptions of people and landscapes, birds and animals, times of comedy and tragedy."

A Day on Skates

The Story of a Dutch Picnic
Author: Hilda Van Stockum
Publisher: Bethlehem Books
ISBN: 9781932350180
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 44
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When winter finally brings snow and ice to their Friesland village, nine-year-old twins Evert and Afke and their classmates are delighted when their teacher announces that the class is going on an all-day ice skating picnic.

Island on the Edge

A Life on Soay
Author: Anne Cholawo
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
ISBN: 1780273495
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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Anne Cholawo was a typical 80s career girl working in a busy London advertising agency, when in 1989, holidaying in Skye, she noticed an advert for a property on the Isle of Soay – 'Access by courtesy of fishing boat'. She had never heard of Soay before, let alone visited it, but something inexplicable drew her there. Within ten minutes of stepping off the said fishing boat, she had fallen under the spell of the island, and after a few months she moved there to live. She is still there. When she arrived on the remote west coast island there were only 17 inhabitants, among them the legendary Hebridean sharker Tex Geddes and his family. Today, including Anne and her husband Robert, there are only three. This book describes her extraordinary transition from a hectic urban lifestyle to one of rural isolation and self-sufficiency, without mains electricity, medical services, shops or any of the other modern amenities we take for granted. Anne describes the history of Soay and its unique wildlife, and as well as telling her own personal story introduces along the way some of the off-beat and colourful characters associated with the island, notably Tex's one-time associate, the celebrated writer and naturalist, Gavin Maxwell.

The Ancestor's Tale

A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
Author: Richard Dawkins,Yan Wong
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 1474600573
Category: Science
Page: 688
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A fully updated edition of one of the most original accounts of evolution ever written, featuring new fractal diagrams, six new 'tales' and the latest scientific developments. THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a dazzling, four-billion-year pilgrimage to the origins of life: Richard Dawkins and Yan Wong take us on an exhilarating reverse journey through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life. It is a journey happily interrupted by meetings of fellow modern animals (as well as plants, fungi and bacteria) similarly tracing their evolutionary path back through history. As each evolutionary pilgrim tells their tale, Dawkins and Wong shed light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection and extinction. Written with unparalleled wit, clarity and intelligence; taking in new scientific discoveries of the past decade; and including new 'tales', illustrations and fractal diagrams, THE ANCESTOR'S TALE shows us how remarkable we are, how astonishing our history, and how intimate our relationship with the rest of the living world.

The Otters' Tale


Author: Gavin Maxwell
Publisher: Puffin
ISBN: 9780140309157
Category: Otters
Page: 91
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This is the true story of Gavin Maxwell's life with the three otters he kept as pets in the wild and beautiful Highlands of Scotland.

A Summer in Lochaber

The Jacobite Rising of 1689
Author: Catriona Fforde
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Generals
Page: 174
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This is the story of the first Jacobite Rising. The author aims to bring the story to life through recourse to contemporary sources and gives a detailed account of the leaders and their clansmen and how and why they marched to Killiecrankie.

A Sea Monster's Tale

In Search of the Basking Shark
Author: Colin D. Speedie
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780957394681
Category: Basking shark
Page: 288
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