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Publication Date
18 September 2014
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Limited
8pp b/w plates

St Kilda

A People's History
by Roger Hutchinson - Find out more about the author


eBook also available from the iBookstore

‘Hutchinson has done us all a favour in writing the definitive history of this community’ – Scotland on Sunday

‘a fascinating glimpse of how a certain civilisation, as we know it, evolved slightly differently. ****’ – Scottish Field

‘exhaustive but entertaining account’ – Press & Journal

St Kilda is the most romantic and most romanticised group of islands in Europe. Soaring out of the North Atlantic Ocean like Atlantis come back to life, the islands have captured our imagination for hundreds of years. Their inhabitants, Scottish Gaels who lived off the land, the sea and by birdcatching on high and precipitous cliffs, were long considered to be the Noble Savages of the British Isles, living in a state of natural grace.

St Kilda: A People’s History explores and portrays the real life of the St Kildans from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Roger Hutchinson, a bestselling author with 40 years’ experience of Hebridean islands, digs deep into the archives to paint a vivid picture of the life and death, work and play of a small, proud and self-sufficient people.

Roger Hutchinson is an award-winning author and journalist. After working as an editor in London, in 1977 he joined the West Highland Free Press in Skye. Since then he has published thirteen books, including Polly: the True Story behind Whisky Galore. He is still a columnist for the WHFP, and has written for BBC Radio, the Scotsman, the Guardian, the Herald and The Literary Review .His book The Soap Man (Birlinn 2003) was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year (2004) and the bestselling Calum’s Road (2007) was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize.

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