Into the Peatlands: A Journey through the Moorland Year (Paperback)
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Into the Peatlands: A Journey through the Moorland Year (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 06/09/2018
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A sensitively drawn portrait of the unique landscape of the Outer Hebrides and a fascinating investigation into the way physical space becomes interwoven with history, culture and storytelling.

The peatlands of the Outer Hebrides are half land, half water. Their surface is a glorious tweed woven from tiny, living sphagnums rich in wildlife, but underneath is layer upon layer of dead mosses transforming into the peat.

One can, with care, walk out onto them, but stop and you begin to sink into them. For time immemorial the peatlands have been places - for humans at least - of seasonal habitation but not of constant residence.

Widening his gaze to other peatlands in the country, he also reflects on the historical and cultural importance that peat has played, and continues to play - it is still used for fuel in many rural areas and plays an essential role in whisky-making - in the story of Scotland.

Publisher: Birlinn General
ISBN: 9781780275598
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 200 x 150 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Fascinating . . . makes you yearn for a sip of golden whisky whose barley malt has been smoked over a rich, peaty fire'

* Daily Mail *

'Gives a real sense of the surprising cultural importance of peat'

* Scottish Field *

'Injected with enthusiasm and almost lyrical prose. For peat's sake go and read this for yourself!'

* Dundee Courier *

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