St. Kilda: A People’s History
by Roger Hutchinson
‘The definitive history’ – Donald S. Murray, author of ‘As the Women Lay Dreaming: a novel of the Iolaire disaster‘
‘Amid a stockpile of good, bad and ugly books about St. Kilda, Roger Hutchinson’s set standards of originality, insight and literary excellence that few of his predecessors have reached’ – Jim Crumley
St. Kilda is the most romanticised group of islands in Europe. Soaring out of the North Atlantic Ocean like Atlantis come back to life, the islands have captured the imagination of the outside world for hundreds of years. Their inhabitants, Scottish Gaels who lived off the land, the sea and by birdcatching on high and precipitous cliffs, were long considered to be the Noble Savages of the British Isles, living in a state of natural grace.
St. Kilda: A People’s History explores and portrays the life of the St. Kildans from the Stone Age to 1930, when the remaining 36 islanders were evacuated to the Scottish mainland. Bestselling author Roger Hutchinson digs deep into the archives to paint a vivid picture of the life and death, work and play of a small, proud and self-sufficient people in the first modern book to chart the history of the most remote islands in Britain.
Roger Hutchinson is an award-winning author and journalist, who has written for, amongst others, the West Highland Free Press, the Scotsman, Guardian, Herald and the Literary Review. He has written a number of bestselling books, including Polly: the True Story behind Whisky Galore, The Soap Man: Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme, which was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year (2004) and Calum’s Road (2007), which was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize.
Paperback: 333 pages
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd., 2014 (new edit. 2016)
Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm