Sea Room: An Island Life

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HarperCollins, 2002 - Hebrides (Scotland) - 391 pages
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own your own set of islands? Adam Nicolson's father had answered a newspaper advertisement in the '30s. Uninhabited islands for sale, it said. Outer Hebrides. 600 acres. 500ft basaltic cliffs. Puffins and seals. Cabin. Apply Col. Kenneth Macdonald, Portree, Skye. These were the Shiants, three of the loneliest of the British Isles, set in a dangerous sea, with no more than a stone-built, rat-ridden bothy as accommodation, five miles or so off the coast of Lewis. They cost u1400 and for that he bought one of the most beautiful places on the planet."

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User Review  - jcvogan1 - LibraryThing

A beautiful book by the English owner of a trio of Scottish islands. Was a real joy to read. I can't recall ever reading another book with such a love of a particular place. Made me think of what it means to be from somewhere. Reminded me of The Farm in Greensboro. Read full review

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User Review  - kenno82 - LibraryThing

A real let down and not what I expected. I thought it would be a present day, life on the island perspective. However, it was more a written record of the island's history and different uses over time. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Adam Nicolson is the author of many books on history, travel and the environment. He has won the Somerset Maugham Award, the British Topography Prize and the Ondaatje Prize. He lives on a farm in Sussex.

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