Island on the Edge

Island on the Edge

A Life on Soay

Book - 2016
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Anne Cholawo was a typical 80s career girl working in a busy London advertising agency, when in 1989, holidaying in Skye, she noticed an advert for a property on the Isle of Soay 'Access by courtesy of fishing boat'. She had never heard of Soay before, let alone visited it, but something inexplicable drew her there. Within ten minutes of stepping off the said fishing boat, she had fallen under the spell of the island, and after a few months she moved there to live. She is still there. When she arrived on the remote west coast island there were only 17 inhabitants, among them the legendary Hebridean sharker Tex Geddes and his family. Today, including Anne and her husband Robert, there are only three. This book describes her extraordinary transition from a hectic urban lifestyle to one of rural isolation and self-sufficiency, without mains electricity, medical services, shops or any of the other modern amenities we take for granted.Anne describes the history of Soay and its unique wildlife, and as well as telling her own personal story introduces along the way some of the off-beat and colourful characters associated with the island, notably Tex's one-time associate, the celebrated writer and naturalist, Gavin Maxwell.
Publisher: Edinburgh :, Birlinn Limited,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781780273495
1780273495
Branch Call Number: 941.154 CHO
Characteristics: xiv, 251 pages, [16] pages of plates :,illustrations (chiefly colour), maps ;,24 cm.

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scissorsnglue Oct 04, 2017

This book is a great read for all those people who would love to run off to an island and fend for themselves. It reminded me a little of A Woman in the Polar Night by Christiane Ritter (a true classic) but further south and from the 1980s to the present day rather than a year in the 1930's.


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scissorsnglue Oct 04, 2017

This book is a great read for all those people who would love to run off to an island and fend for themselves. It reminded me a little of A Woman in the Polar Night by Christiane Ritter (a true classic) but further south and from the 1980s to the present day rather than a year in the 1930's.

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May 16, 2017

A book well worth reading,loved it.

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