‘Needs more pubs’

Another review, this time from The Travel Editor. The reviewer loved the book (apart from a lack of pubs, it seems); I loved the review. The UK’s County Tops Pros: delightfully daft idea Cons: needs more pubs Verdict: superb travelwriting project Ranging from the 80m Boring Field in Huntingdonshire to the 1344m Ben Nevis in…

Book number 3 – The UK’s County Tops

It is always exciting to get books through the post, even when they are ordered and expected. I never tire of pulling open those brown card envelopes from Amazon. But when it’s your own book – a pre-release – inside that envelope, and you hold it, cradle it, for the first time, reflecting on the months and years (of toil) it took…

Undiscovered Scotland discovers Isles

Here is the review, and a link to the actual thing on Undiscovered Scotland’s website: Isles at the Edge of the Sea by Jonny Muir is a wonderful, inspiring book about a journey undertaken by the author to a series of Hebridean islands. His journey is as much about self discovery as it is about…

A foray into fiction?

My library of reading is made up mostly of what I know: outdoors, travel, adventure, exploration. Those genres, for 15 years, formed the bulk of my reading. I remember spending a year engrossed in every book detailing the 1997 Everest disaster, then another 12 months or so dedicated to the polar exploration of the early 20th century…

Isles at the Edge of the Sea reviewed by grough

Here is the text of a review of Isles at the Edge of the Sea by grough magazine, published this week: In 1773, Samuel Johnson joined his Scots friend James Boswell in a tour of the Hebrides that would produce not one but two accounts of the journey through the Highlands to the islands. Almost…