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A Drop in the Ocean

Lawrence MacEwen and the Isle of Muck

by Polly Pullar

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ISBN: 9780857908223
Published: 01 Oct 2014
Format: E-Book
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Origin
Categories:
Local history
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About the Book

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.


The Author

Polly Pullar

Polly Pullar is a field naturalist, writer, photographer and wildlife rehabilitator who grew up in Ardnamurchan. She contributes to a wide selection of publications and has written numerous books including the acclaimed A Drop in the Ocean: Lawrence MacEwen and the Isle of Muck. She is co-author of Fauna Scotica: Animals and People in Scotland.