A Drop in the Ocean

Lawrence MacEwen and the Isle of Muck

By Polly Pullar

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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Polly Pullar tells the fascinating tale of one of the Hebrides unique thriving small communities through the colourful anecdotes of Lawrence MacEwen, whose family have owned the island since 1896. A wonderfully benevolent, and eccentric character, his passion and love for the island and its continuing success, has always been of the utmost importance. He has kept diaries all his life and delves deep into them, unveiling a uniquely human story, punctuated with liberal amounts of humour, as well as heart-rending tragedy, always dominated by the vagaries of the sea.

Here are tales of coal puffers and livestock transportation on steamers and small boats, extraordinary chance meetings and adventures that eventually led him to finding his wife Jenny, on the island of Soay. It's a book about the small hard-grafting community of 30 souls on this fertile island of just 1500 acres.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 10 Jun 2015
SKU 9781780273075-grouped
Number of Pages 256

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'This book is a happy marriage of subject and writer - and a rare event in the life and times of the Hebrides'

'Unique and often amusing ... one of the greatest things about this book is that Pullar lets MacEwan talk openly and freely about the island and what he does, giving the book an informal and friendly tone ... a lively and entertaining account of the highs and lows of life on this small windswept island ... A must read for people interested in Scottish history'

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