Island on the Edge: A Life on Soay (Paperback)
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Island on the Edge: A Life on Soay (Paperback)

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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: Birlinn General
ISBN: 9781780274706
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 323 g
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'a remarkable tale of remote living'

* Sunday Post *

'a lovely, gentle tale of a lady who had to wind down to adjust to her new life, which proved to be anything but dull! It will stir the adventurer in all of us!'

* Fleetwood Weekly News *

'This is a rather subtle book, all the more convincing for its occasional naiveties and its draughtswoman's plainness of observation... The plainness of the writing is exemplary. There are a couple of heart-stopping sunsets, but mostly we get to know Anne through tiny glimpses and tone-changes. She doesn't make a show of naivety. It also comes through in tiny verbal lapses, as when she mixes up sulphur dioxide (which smells) and carbon monoxide (which doesn't), or when she refers, delightfully, to installing a "hot water gas geezer"'

* The National *

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“Island of Dreams”

This is a brilliant book about the hardships living on a scottish island with initially no electricityand other necessities of the modern world.
This is an easy read and you come out of it with admiration for the guts... More

Paperback edition
10th November 2016
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“Five Star Plus”

A Really Fabulous Book. I love reading true stories by interesting people and have many in my bookcases but nothing quite like this. It is one of those very rare books which I could not put down but at the same time... More

Paperback edition
26th November 2017
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