Island of Dreams: A Personal History of a Remarkable Place


by Dan Boothby

‘The writing is as crisp as the coastal air, shot through with the humour of humanity and bright animal magic’ – Iain Finlayson, Saga

‘Remarkable’ – The National

Paperback: 298 pages

Publisher: Picador, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, 2015 (new edit. 2016)

Language: English

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SKU: 9781509800773 Categories: ,

Dan Boothby had been drifting for more than twenty years, without the pontoons of family, friends or a steady occupation. He was looking for but never finding the perfect place to land. Finally, unexpectedly, an opportunity presented itself. After a lifelong obsession with Gavin Maxwell’s Ring of Bright Water trilogy, Boothby was given the chance to move to Maxwell’s former home, a tiny island on the western seaboard of the Highlands of Scotland.

Island of Dreams is about Boothby’s time living there, and about the natural and human history that surrounded him; it’s about the people he meets and the stories they tell, and about his engagement with this remote landscape, including the otters that inhabit it. Interspersed with Boothby’s own story is a quest to better understand the mysterious Gavin Maxwell.

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Dimensions 13 × 2.1 × 19.7 cm

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