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Sea Room: An Island Life in the Hebrides    by Adam Nicolson order for
Sea Room
by Adam Nicolson
Order:  USA  Can
Picador, 2015 (2001)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The Shiants, a cluster of three small islands in the Outer Hebrides, have been owned by Adam Nicolson's family since his father purchased them in the late 1930s.

Reissued with a new afterword, Sea Room was first published in 2001 and offers a complete look at the natural and cultural history of this isolated spot off the Scottish Highlands.

Nicolson explains his love of these islands and how he has endeavored to discover as much as he can about their past. There's more information here about the bird populations, raising sheep and natural wonders of the area than its connection with humans since these islands never attracted many people for extended periods of time.

For those interested in this type of rugged island environment or life in this demanding area of Northern Scotland, this will be a worthwhile read. Those familiar with the fiction of Scottish author Compton Mackenzie may find it interesting that he also previously owned these islands and worked this area into his novels.

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