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Island of Dreams: A Personal History of a Remarkable Place

Biography / Memoir

By: Dan Boothby(Author)

Picador

Paperback | Apr 2016 | #236156 | ISBN-13: 9781509800773
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Hardback | Sep 2015 | #236155 | ISBN-13: 9781509800759
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Dan Boothby had been drifting for more than twenty years, without the pontoons of family, friends or a steady occupation. He was looking for but never finding the perfect place to land. Finally, unexpectedly, an opportunity presented itself. After a lifelong obsession with Gavin Maxwell's Ring of Bright Water trilogy, Boothby was given the chance to move to Maxwell's former home, a tiny island on the western seaboard of the Highlands of Scotland.

Island of Dreams is about Boothby's time living there, and about the natural and human history that surrounded him; it's about the people he meets and the stories they tell, and about his engagement with this remote landscape, including the otters that inhabit it. Interspersed with Boothby's own story is a quest to better understand the mysterious Gavin Maxwell.

"Evocative [...] A lively, often funny tribute to the place and to the people he meets there [...] Island of Dreams shows him emerging from the shadow of his hero to become a gifted writer himself"
Daily Mail

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Enigmatic yet compelling [...] The book returned me to an adolescent passion for Maxwell's Ring of Bright Water"
Guardian

"Island of Dreams, like its inspiration Raven Seek Thy Brother, becomes an elegy – not for a lost way of life, but for a dream tenaciously pursued and regretfully abandoned"
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Biography

Dan Boothby was born in 1969. He has travelled extensively, including sailing over 40,000 sea miles. Island of Dreams is his first work of creative non-fiction.

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