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Another Summer in Kintyre: Reflections on a 2014 Diary
Angus Martin
ISBN 9781845301552
Paperback  256 pages
Published 14 May 2014    UK Price £13.95    US Price $19.95   

A Second Summer in Kintyre is from Angus Martin, who was described in 1986 by Gaelic writer, Aonghas MacNeacail, as 'Kintyre's one-man research institute'.

This book reflects the style and character of its predecessor, A Summer in Kintyre, yet is rich in differences.

The narrative begins in April 2014 and ends in September, but real time is irrelevant, since the author dips frequently into history and prehistory, evoking people and events associated with the places he visits by bicycle and on foot.

Artists, poets, musicians, cave-dwellers, convicts, winkle-pickers, travelling tinsmiths, shipwrecked sailors, saints, school friends, fishermen, shepherds, farmers and fellow-ramblers share the pages with flowers, butterflies, birds, otters, whales, adders, and much else.

The author's close engagement with places, people and nature is ever-present, and, using the journals he has kept since his teens, he is able to recreate his early adventures in the outdoors.

Besides his familiar haunts in South Kintyre (Learside, Ben Gullion, Inneans, and Largiebaan) he visits Barr Glen, Ballochroy Glen and Lussa, and explores their history.

This book, which is illustrated with 50 images, is sure to inform and delight any reader with an interest in one of Scotland's most fascinating yet least appreciated areas.


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