by Roger Hutchinson
Calum MacLeod had lived on the northern point of Raasay since his birth in 1911. He tended the Rona lighthouse at the very tip of his little archipelago, until semi-automation in 1967 reduced his responsibilities. ‘So what he decided to do’, says his last neighbour, Donald MacLeod, ‘was to build a road out of Arnish in his months off. With a road he hoped new generations of people would return to Arnish and all the north end of Raasay’. And so, at the age of 56, Calum MacLeod, the last man left in northern Raasay, set about single-handedly constructing the ‘impossible’ road. It would become a romantic, quixotic venture, a kind of sculpture; an obsessive work of art so perfect in every gradient, culvert and supporting wall that its creation occupied almost twenty years of his life. In “Calum’s Road”, Roger Hutchinson recounts the extraordinary story of this remarkable man’s devotion to his visionary project.
“An incredible testament to one mans determination not to fold against a far-off bureaucracy.” Sunday Herald
“Compelling.” Sunday Times
“An uplifting and life-enhancing book.” The Guardian
Roger Hutchinson is an award-winning author and journalist. After working as an editor in London, in 1977 he joined the West Highland Free Press in Skye. Since then he has published thirteen books, including Polly: the True Story Behind Whisky Galore. He is still attached to the WHFP as editorialist and columnist, and has written for BBC Radio, The Scotsman, The Guardian, The Herald and The Literary Review. His book The Soap Man (Birlinn 2003) was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year (2004).
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (2 Jun. 2008)
Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm