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PUBLICATION DATE: April 7, 2022
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Argonauts of the Scottish Isles
By Robin Lloyd-Jones
Robin Lloyd-Jones has been exploring the west coast and islands of Scotland in his sea kayak for more than forty years. In this book he recalls many a memorable expedition to wild and beautiful shores. Amongst magnificent scenery and ever-changing seas, we are transported to Jura, Scarba, the Garvellach Isles, Mull, Staffa, the Treshnish Isles, the Monach Isles, Iona, Lewis and the Uists, Skye, the Orkneys, and the Shetland Isles.
Along the way, he explains a great deal about kayaking, about the wildlife and history of the areas he visits. More than that, however, he makes us feel that we are with him in his kayak. Through his vivid and beautifully crafted prose, we experience the terror of a force nine gale, the tranquillity of moonlit trips, and the lure of tiny bays and seal-meadows accessible only to a slim kayak. We encounter dolphins, otters, unidentified monsters and nuclear submarines.
This is a book to set the imagination adrift and appeal to the Robinson Crusoe in all of us; a book for those seeking wider horizons, be their vessel an armchair or a kayak.
Robin Lloyd-Jones grew up in India and studied at Cambridge. He has served as President of the Scottish Association of Writers (1993–1996) and the Scottish Branch of PEN International (1997–2000) and has also taught Creative Writing at Glasgow University. His book The Sunlit Summit was Saltire Society Research Book of the Year Award in 2013 and his novel The Dreamhouse was nominated for the Booker Prize in 1985.