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Riddoch on the Outer Hebrides

By (author) Lesley Riddoch
Genres: Travel writing
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Luath Press Ltd, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Jun 2008
Dimensions: w 144mm h 233mm d 15mm
Weight: 430g
ISBN-10: 1906307865
ISBN-13: 9781906307868
Barcode No: 9781906307868
"Riddoch on the Outer Hebrides" is a thought-provoking commentary based on broadcaster Lesley Riddoch's cycle journey through a beautiful island chain facing seismic cultural and economic change. Her experience is described in a typically affectionate but hard-hitting style; with humour, anecdote and a growing sympathy for islanders tired of living at the margins but fearful of closer contact with mainland Scotland.

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'the same charm that great orators and generals have demonstrated, the kind of charm that Wallace and De Moray led the armies with, the kind of sweet-talk that could persuade Inuits to buy freezers.'

'Congratulations on a thoughtful, timely and wonderfully contentious commentary on Scotland's dysfunctional relationship with 21st century Gaeldom. It is well informed, well observed, provocative, hard-headed, wrong-headed and inspired in equal measure and opens up a whole new level of engagement with 'the Gaelic issue'.'
- Malcom Maclean, Gaelic Arts Agency.

'Let's be proud of standing on the outer edge of a crazy mainstream world - When the centre collapses, the periphery becomes central.'
- Alistair McIntosh.

'Chatty without being oppressive and informed without being lecturing, Riddoch's style nicely brings home the beauty of the islands and the charm of those who live there.'