David Thomson visited the remote sea coasts of the Scottish Isles and the West of Ireland on journeys in search of the legends of the selchies - mythological creatures who transform from seals into humans.
A magical world emerged, in which men are rescued by seals in stormy seas, take seal-women for their wives and have their children suckled by seal-mothers. Mysterious and fascinating, these stories retain their spell-binding charm through Thomson's beautiful prose. The People of the Sea is a timeless and haunting book, rich in rewards and surprises.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm
Edition: Main - Canons Imprint
Readers will be carried away on successive waves of pleasure . . . these stories have an irresistible holistic beauty -- Seamus Heaney
A splendid resurrection of a life that has almost vanished * * Daily Telegraph * *
I know of few books which so ably open a window on the Gaelic scene today or which so faithfully reflect the mind, vigour and courtesy of its people . . . Pounds on the imagination like surf on a reef * * The Observer * *