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Topic Summary: An enjoyable holiday by book. Recommended.
Created On: 07 September 2016 09:53 AM
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 07 September 2016 09:53 AM
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ISBN 978-1-78027-349-5 Writer: Anne Cholawo.

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 07 September 2016 09:58 AM
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Anne Cholawo was a typical 80s career girl working in a busy London advertising agency, when in 1989, holidaying in Skye, she noticed an advert for a property on the Isle of Soay - 'Access by courtesy of fishing boat'. She had never heard of Soay before, let alone visited it, but something inexplicable drew her there. Within ten minutes of stepping off the said fishing boat, she had fallen under the spell of the island, and after a few months she moved there to live. She is still there. When she arrived on the remote west coast island there were only 17 inhabitants, among them the legendary Hebridean sharker Tex Geddes and his family. Today, including Anne and her husband Robert, there are only three. This book describes her extraordinary transition from a hectic urban lifestyle to one of rural isolation and self-sufficiency, without mains electricity, medical services, shops or any of the other modern amenities we take for granted.Anne describes the history of Soay and its unique wildlife, and as well as telling her own personal story introduces along the way some of the off-beat and colourful characters associated with the island, notably Tex's one-time associate, the celebrated writer and naturalist, Gavin Maxwell.


Wonder if they have electricity, t'internet etc. Toothache or anything like that would be a pain.

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 07 September 2016 10:06 AM
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The Island had wind turbine generated electricity to power the one shared party telephone line initially. After new wind turbines and batteries were installed the old red telephone box phone drew so much current that it flattened the batteries after a few days of no wind, so it was removed. After a house fire, the fire brigade attended after many hours by lifeboat and helicopter. A person died in the house fire. Medical emergencies needed a helicopter to get the patient to a hospital as the boats were restricted in use in bad weather.

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 07 September 2016 11:18 PM
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thank you. I shall look that up Zoomup, sounds right up my street.

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