first book by Scottish naturalist Gavin Maxwell, who was also
the author of "Ring of Bright Water". In this work he
describes an exciting attempt to establish a shark fishery based
in the Hebridean island of Soay during the period immediately
after the war. The story has all the elements of a good seafarer's
yarn... full of dramatic adventures, humorous anecdotes and great
John Lister-Kaye, President of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, in
his new introduction writes "This book reveals the young
poet at work, the dreamer, the adventurer, the wild romantic exploring
himself as well as the people, the wildlife and the countryside
he so enthusiastically embraces." He also points out
that Gavin Maxwell "... was a founder conservationist,
expressing concern about over-exploitation of whales and other
animal populations long before these issues became fashionable...."
book is a significant milestone in the recent history of the Highlands.
It records in precise detail much of the natural history of the
islands: seabirds, including gannets, puffins, Manx shearwaters
and fulmars as well as invaluable information on the seals, dolphins
and whales of the Hebridean waters ..." - Sir John Lister-Kaye
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