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Gavin Maxwell: A Life

Gavin Maxwell: A Life

by Douglas Botting

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Overview

Gavin Maxwell (1914-1969), was one of the most brilliant and quixotic of British travel-writers. Maxwell was a romantic, self-destructive adventurer, brave and handsome, with a deep sympathy for the underdog, a wonderfully curious mind, and a dogged commitment to discovering the truth. He was most famous for his trilogy of books set in the coast of Scotland, including A Ring of Bright Water, which showed his affinity with nature and a love of wild things, most especially otters. The author was a trusted friend of Maxwell's as well as a fellow explorer-traveler-writer, and the book reads like a most unusual and eccentric adventure story.


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ISBN-13: 9781780601069
Publisher: Eland Publishing
Publication date: 05/20/2017
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates 9

Map: Sandaig 12

Preface 13

Prologue: Encounter with a Guru 17

Part I The Quest for Avalon

1 The House on the Moor 35

2 Mowgli with a Gun 44

3 Breakdown 53

4 The Celtic Fringe 61

5 To the Low Arctic 70

6 A Call to Small Arms 78

7 Harpoon 98

8 'Muldoan!' 112

9 An Artists Life 132

10 The Man of Light 147

11 The House by the Sea 163

12 Writing Man 173

13 The Sicilians 183

14 Into the Great Marshes 198

15 Mijbilm Basra 212

16 Mijbil in London 220

Part II Avalon Found

17 The Bay of Alders 229

18 The Death of Mij 245

19 Writer at Work 252

20 The Ring and the Book 267

21 To the High Atlas 279

22 Avalon Besieged 295

23 Ring of Bright Water 313

24 The Haywire Winter 326

Part III Avalon Lost

25 End of the Idyll 349

26 The Habitat of Marriage 366

27 Break-up 382

28 Finale 398

29 A Chapter of Accidents 413

30 A Pattern of Islands 433

31 On the Rocks 453

32 Bitter Spring 465

33 The Curse 477

34 The Rearguard Action 488

35 Revived Fortunes 498

36 Fire and Ice 508

37 The White Island 514

38 Opting Out 525

39 A Bright Bitter Sea 540

40 No Coming Back 554

41 The Tunnel 564

Notes 581

Acknowledgements 583

Bibliography 585

Index 597

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