Anne Cholawo - Island on the Edge (2nd Hand Paperback)
ISBN / GTIN-13 : 9781780274706
When Anne Cholowo arrived on the remote west coast island there were only 17 inhabitants. Today 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 the celebrated writer and naturalist, Gavin Maxwell.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - Scotland
- Published : 2016 (This Edition 2018 - Birlinn)
- ISBN : 9781780274706
- SKU : B000761
- PPC : SP320gm
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
'. . . a remarkable tale of remote living' - Sunday Post.
'. . . a lovely, gentle tale of a lady who had to wind down to adjust to her new life, which proved to be anything but dull! It will stir the adventurer in all of us!' - Fleetwood Weekly News.
'The Island on the Edge is a very enjoyable read with some quirky stories amongst. The book successfully describes a great sense of achievement as Anne continues to enjoy life on Soay. it's is very down to earth and honest – giving a real account of the experiences of moving to near isolation in the Scottish Hebrides.' - Scottish Field.
'This is a rather subtle book, all the more convincing for its occasional naiveties and its draughtswoman's plainness of observation . . . The plainness of the writing is exemplary. There are a couple of heart-stopping sunsets, but mostly we get to know Anne through tiny glimpses and tone-changes. She doesn't make a show of naivety. It also comes through in tiny verbal lapses, as when she mixes up sulphur dioxide (which smells) and carbon monoxide (which doesn't), or when she refers, delightfully, to installing a hot water gas geezer' - The National.
The AuthorShe studied Art and Design at college and later became a graphic artist and studio manager at a number of advertising agencies in London, including Saatchi and Saatchi. She moved to Soay to live in 1990. While on the island she met the man who is now her husband, Robert Cholawo.
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