BOOK TITLE:

"Harpoon at a Venture"

AUTHOR: Gavin Maxwell
ISBN:1 899863 28 1
PRICE: hb £7.99 pb £5.99
PAGES: 192

OVERVIEW:

The first book by Scottish naturalist Gavin Maxwell, who was also the author of "Ring of Bright Water". In this work he describes an exciting attempt to establish a shark fishery based in the Hebridean island of Soay during the period immediately after the war. The story has all the elements of a good seafarer's yarn... full of dramatic adventures, humorous anecdotes and great characters.

Sir John Lister-Kaye, President of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, in his new introduction writes "This book reveals the young poet at work, the dreamer, the adventurer, the wild romantic exploring himself as well as the people, the wildlife and the countryside he so enthusiastically embraces." He also points out that Gavin Maxwell "... was a founder conservationist, expressing concern about over-exploitation of whales and other animal populations long before these issues became fashionable...."

"This book is a significant milestone in the recent history of the Highlands. It records in precise detail much of the natural history of the islands: seabirds, including gannets, puffins, Manx shearwaters and fulmars as well as invaluable information on the seals, dolphins and whales of the Hebridean waters ..." - Sir John Lister-Kaye

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