Sea Room: An Island Life in the Hebrides
Picador, 2015 (2001)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
he Shiants, a cluster of three small islands in the Outer Hebrides, have been owned by Adam Nicolson's family since his father purchased them in the late 1930s.
eissued with a new afterword,
was first published in 2001 and offers a complete look at the natural and cultural history of this isolated spot off the Scottish Highlands.
icolson explains his love of these islands and how he has endeavored to discover as much as he can about their past. There's more information here about the bird populations, raising sheep and natural wonders of the area than its connection with humans since these islands never attracted many people for extended periods of time.
or those interested in this type of rugged island environment or life in this demanding area of Northern Scotland, this will be a worthwhile read. Those familiar with the fiction of Scottish author Compton Mackenzie may find it interesting that he also previously owned these islands and worked this area into his novels.
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