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Name: Francis Miles
E-Mail: jfm2_AT_btinternet_DoT_com
Town: Exeter
Country: UK
Date: Sat Sep 13 21:19:56 2014
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I loved the book and have just re-read it. I find it wise and moving. I wish I could think of staying but it is an adventure too far for me as a pensioner!
Name: Steve White
E-Mail: Stevewhite22b_AT_gmail_DoT_com
Town: Eddleston
Country: Scotland
Date: Sun Aug 31 04:30:27 2014
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Re-reading Sea Room and wanted to know more. Hope to visit the islands.
Name: stephen page
E-Mail: spage999_AT_btinternet_DoT_com
Town: st leonards-on-sea
Country: uk
Date: Sat Aug 9 09:11:13 2014
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I've just read 'Sea Room' - a wonderful introduction to what sounds a very special place. I have always been fascinated by islands and so perhaps, according to the book, I still have some growing up to do! Best wishes & many thanks.
Name: JanIvy Strudwick
E-Mail: ivyjan41_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Town: Orleans
Country: Canada
Date: Fri Aug 8 12:42:11 2014
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Very interesting Site and Book..
Name: Robert Black
E-Mail: blackbob772000_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Town: Cupar Fife
Country: Scotland
Date: Wed Aug 6 18:20:33 2014
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I note no mention of the geology papers by Harald Drever & Robert Johnson, Univ of St Andrews on the layered sills of the Shiant isles. Drever was prof at St Andrews in the 50s-70s and his work on Skaergaard & Shiant/Skye layered intrusions led to his appointment as a Principal investigator for NASA on the ultrabasic rocks of the moon. I was a student of his at the time.
Name: Elizabeth Skiles
E-Mail: skilesej_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Town: Stuart, FL
Country: USA
Date: Sat Jul 26 01:29:04 2014
How you found us: I got the URL from the Book 'Sea Room'
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Have just finished preface of Sea Room. Anxious to continue. I've a suspicion that I will have great annoyance toward anyone and anything that interrupts my reading. Fascinating. Know I will enjoy book and perusing this site as I learn more.
Name: Chris Brookes
E-Mail: meregill_AT_btinternet_DoT_com
Town: Inverness
Country: Scotland
Date: Thu Jul 24 12:27:50 2014
How you found us: Word of mouth
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Hello, We have just arrived back after visiting the Shiants; sea kayaking across from Skye, camping on the islands and then continuing over to Lewis, Harris and finally returning to Skye, courtesy of Calmac. Much easier! We loved the Shiants and felt so privileged to be able to visit and enjoy the island experience. The bird life, in particular, was mesmerising. Our visit has motivated me to obtain and read a copy of Sea Room to learn more of these wonderful islands. On our visit, we were aware of a filming project happening - we could see several folk equipped with cameras etc but they were camped on the NE tip of Garbh Eilean and so we never actually met them. We wondered whether you knew what project was being undertaken? Many thanks Chris
Name: Lorne Byatt
E-Mail: homebyatt_AT_btinternet_DoT_com
Town: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Date: Wed Jul 2 21:08:09 2014
How you found us: I got the URL from the Book 'Sea Room'
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"From the lone shieling of the misty island, Mountains divide us And the waste of seas; But the blood is strong, The heart is Hielan; And we in dreams behold the Hebrides".
Name: Rachel MacDonald
E-Mail: raemacd_AT_msn_DoT_com
Town: Chaplin Ct
Country: usa
Date: Wed Jun 25 16:18:28 2014
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I am reading the sea room given me by a friend .We are MacDonalds from North Uist by ancestry. we are planning a trip to Scotland our plan is to see n. uist & learn of the islands your book has given us some insite thank you. Rachel & Archie
Name: Melanie Franks
E-Mail: mfranks_AT_sparkhouseconsultants_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: Tunbridge Wells
Country: Uk
Date: Wed Jun 11 11:11:59 2014
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Visited and stayed on the islands experiencing first hand the luxuriousness of isolation from modern life!
Name: Ian A Collier
E-Mail: colliers_AT_burray_DoT_wanadoo_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: Troon
Country: Scotland
Date: Mon Jun 9 14:36:31 2014
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I have now ordered the book
Name: Morag Donaldson
E-Mail: 3Dons_AT_bigfoot_DoT_com
Town: Lochwinnoch
Country: United Kingdom
Date: Mon May 26 21:30:22 2014
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I have just finished reading your most enjoyable book about the Shiant Isles and have found myself transported to the isles as I have read it. I am very fond of the isles of the hebrides which I have visited for over 40 years. Well done on your accounts. Morag
Name: Norman Tilley
E-Mail: hdayz_AT_bigpond_DoT_com
Town: Mount Martha
Country: Australia
Date: Wed May 21 08:47:50 2014
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My Great Grandfather, his son and three others perished in a fishing boat in December 1893. They were making for Harris from the mainland when they were hit by a snowstorm just off the Shiant Isles. One of the crew was knocked overboard when the mast came down and the others were blown up the coast where the boat was wrecked at Sandwood Beach above Kinlochbervie on the NW mainland. I made the trip over last year for my 60th birthday and visited Sandwood Beach, Lewis, Harris and my Great Grandfather's croft in Rhenigidale. The history of the Outer Hebrides fascinates me, and recently my mother (who was born on Skye) gave me the book 'Sea Room'. Now I feel more homesick than ever... and I was born in Australia! Thank you for a great read. It is my favourite book. Regards Norm
Name: Chris Lavender
E-Mail: chrislavender_AT_hotmail_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: Grange over Sands, Cumbria
Country: England
Date: Sun Feb 16 07:38:57 2014
How you found us: Word of mouth
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Bought "Sea Room" on a whim and after reading it for day decided that it is possibly be the best book I have ever read! Later that week, eating my lunch at work I was talking to a Scotsman whom I have never had a conversation with before. With the book on my mind I mentioned it to him and not only had he read it, he had visited the islands and was able to give me a wonderful account of his experience. All that remains is to see for myself. Thanks Adam, inspirational stuff.
Name: Diane Roberts
E-Mail: dianeroberts22_AT_tiscali_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: Bournemouth
Country: England
Date: Sun Jan 19 00:03:00 2014
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I found your website through the work of Jill McManners I saw her work at the London Art fair and wanted to look at the islands I'm fascinated being an artist myself feel very inspired.
Name: Kent Leffingwell Copeman
E-Mail: krc_AT_centurytel_DoT_net
Town: Hadley, Michigan
Country: U.S.A.
Date: Mon Jan 13 19:42:31 2014
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I was reading the book "Seasons on Harris" and the site was referenced so I thought I would look it up. Now I will need to find out about the book "Sea Room". We have been to Ireland twice but never this far north.
Name: Susan Burgess
E-Mail: sneburgess_AT_gmail_DoT_com
Town: Chebeague Island, Maine
Country: U.S.A.
Date: Tue Dec 17 14:34:53 2013
How you found us: I got the URL from the Book 'Sea Room'
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I just began reading 'Sea Room' and am "hooked" already. My husband is a fisherman and lobsterman with generational ties to Chebeague, an island on the coast of Maine. Unfortunately it is much more accessible to the mainland than the Shiant Isles but its past, although not as ancient, is still anchored in the natural cycles and interactions between generations of humans. New people come here "from away" looking for something they realize they are missing but, once here, they find they yearn for familiar conveniences and amenities. The tragedy begins.... Bless the places like the Shiant Isles that refuse to be owned in the worst way.
Name: David Quarmby
E-Mail: D_DoT_quarmby_AT_btinternet_DoT_com
Town: London
Country:
Date: Thu Nov 28 23:56:06 2013
How you found us: I got the URL from the Book 'Sea Room'
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I was reading Sea Room on a train to the West Country last Friday, which attracted the attention of the man opposite who said he knew you and was due to see you in the next week. I said how much I enjoyed Sea Room and the writing - it was a second reading (of a second copy) given to me by my wife, as we had lost the first copy in a house fire in Feb 2012. I also told him how much I enjoyed your other writing (men of valour, etc) and the book your wrote about the Millennium Dome (I was on the Board of that fated project). My companion texted you about me, as you know, and I then discovered he was Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal! I immediately forgot the other thing I wanted him to pass on to you - hence my writing now - is that Sea Room was first recommended to us by our longstanding friend Patrick O'Farrell (Emeritus Professor at Heriot Watt), who is descended from the OS surveyor Thomas O'Farrell who you described visited the Shiants in 1851. With such coincidences are our lives enriched. David Quarmby
Name: Iain Macmillan
E-Mail: iain_angy_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Town: Lemreway
Country: Scotland
Date: Sat Nov 23 01:25:55 2013
How you found us: I got the URL from the Book 'Sea Room'
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great book Adam, enjoyed your program on king James Bible too, and I was born in Lemreway (1976) and knew Dan Macleod, who who mention in searoom, haste ye back sir!!
Name: Iain Macmillan
E-Mail: iain_angy_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Town: Stornoway
Country: Scotland
Date: Sat Nov 23 01:18:22 2013
How you found us: I got the URL from the Book 'Sea Room'
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great book searoom, tell adam i was born in Lemreway 1976,and i knew dan macleod.Adam is great watched his program about the king james bible too
Name: Kristien Wynants
E-Mail: kristienwyn_AT_telenet_DoT_be
Town: Antwerpen
Country: Belgium
Date: Mon Nov 18 14:29:23 2013
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I picked up "Sea Room" in a charity shop here in Antwerp and find it fascinating reading. I wanted to find some more recent information and photos of the island and arrived on your website. The story behind it all is wonderful and I hope the island remains untouched, a bit of paradise on earth.
Name: Robert Smith
E-Mail: niceyoungman34_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Town: Turriff
Country: United Kingdom
Date: Thu Nov 14 12:44:17 2013
How you found us: A link from another site
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Being married to a Harris lassie I have visited the Outer Hebrides many times and have always been intrigued by the tooth like Shiant islands to the East. I was given 'Sea Room'as a gift by my brother in law and was pleased to read a very absorbing and interesting book. As a birthday gift that dame brother in law has given me a boat trip voucher to visit the Shiants next year (2014). Having read Sea Room twice already I will read again prior to my visit to 'swot up'.
Name: Keith Bennett
E-Mail: keith_DoT_bennett_AT_hestiaservices_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: Shewsbury
Country: UK
Date: Fri Nov 8 20:58:44 2013
How you found us: I got the URL from the Book 'Sea Room'
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Anchored off and explored June 2011 on spectacularly fine afternoon. Visited with friend and 'artist in residence' Ian Lettice who I left on the beach to paint whilst walking and birding. See http://ianlettice.blogspot.co.uk for evidence ... Appreciated the lines on pp365 Sea Room ...'No one who comes to the Shiants need ever know that they are welcome there'. Very fine book, much appreciated by an inveterate bothy resident in earlier younger and poorer days. Also, useful advice that visiting in late May/June could be damaging to ewes/lambs. Tied up against pier in North Harbour Scalpay for water and shelter and local fisherman gifted us enormous crabs ..."too much for our family" which complemented our bucket full of mussels. Love affair with Scottish Islands continues ...
Name: Ralph Hodgson
E-Mail: ralphtq_AT_mac_DoT_com
Town: Raleigh
Country: US
Date: Sun Oct 6 23:19:49 2013
How you found us: I got the URL from the Book 'Sea Room'
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Just finished the book - thank you for your diligent and caring work.
Name: Neil Bryson
E-Mail: neilbryson1803_AT_gmail_DoT_com
Town: Brougham
Country: England
Date: Tue Oct 1 17:38:01 2013
How you found us: Word of mouth
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Visited the Shiant Isles in Sept 2013 on board Blue Damsel sailing vessel courtesy of Skipper Boyd Holmes. Inspiring place to be. The memories will remain and I have some wonderful photos I'd be happy to share.
Name: Mike Palmer
E-Mail: mikepalmer2309_AT_gmail_DoT_com
Town: South Ronaldsay
Country: United Kingdom
Date: Mon Aug 12 18:05:05 2013
How you found us: I got the URL from the Book 'Sea Room'
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I came to the website via the book, and to the book via Radio 4's "A Good Read" (and it certainly is) The Introduction to the website says "previous" owner Adam Nicholson. Who currently owns the isles?
Name: Barbara Lundsten
E-Mail: barlund2006_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Town: Mayer
Country: United States
Date: Mon Aug 5 14:31:36 2013
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I purchased the book Sea Room and am thoroughly enjoying your engaging style of writing. I often read books with iPad in hand so I can "see" the place so eloquently described.
Name: Paul Smith
E-Mail: paulandros_AT_hotmail_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: Clachan Seil
Country: God's country
Date: Thu Aug 1 21:16:43 2013
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I sent this message to the friend who lent me this evocative book - What a lovely book "Sea Room" is! Beautifully written and totally encapsulating all the feelings and exploring the questions you and I have about the West Coast and it puts flesh on the bones of our speculation. I loved the conversation between the shepherds about the size of the lambs that year. I heard it often on Kintyre! Wonderful!
Name: Steve du cane
E-Mail: steve_DoT_ducane_AT_perth_DoT_uhi_DoT_ac_DoT_uk
Town: Errol
Country: Scotland
Date: Mon Jul 29 23:43:15 2013
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Great book Adam, I enjoyed the expanse of interests that you have followed in the study of the islands. Thank you
Name: Sandra MacKay
E-Mail: sandramac648_AT_yahoo_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: Stornoway
Country: Scotland
Date: Mon Jul 22 10:30:24 2013
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Visited the Shiants with my daughter on Saturday 20 July 2013 courtesy of Sea Harris. It was a dream come true and I was not disappointed. The weather was perfect and the Islands were stunning. Probably the best trip I've ever been on.
Name: Tony Wallbank
E-Mail: tony_DoT_wallbank_AT_yahoo_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: Andover
Country: UK
Date: Thu Jul 18 14:24:42 2013
How you found us: Word of mouth
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Last week on a sailing trip from Kirkwall to Oban we visited the Shiants. Beautiful islands, and sorry we could not stay longer. Birds everywhere, splendid geology, have great pictures.
Name: Nicola Checkley
E-Mail: ncheckley_AT_eclipse_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: Launceston
Country: UK
Date: Thu Jul 4 11:24:21 2013
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I saw 'Sea Room' in a list of someone's favourite reads in a newspaper, decided to get a copy and a week later it was in the window of our local Oxfam; how bizarre! I love islands (I visit Scilly several times a year) and your beautifully written book captures their essence and magic perfectly. Am going to re-read it again immediately. If ever I get to Scotland I will visit the Shiant Islands.
Name: Jim Blackwood
E-Mail: aquatilis321_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Town: London
Country: England
Date: Tue Jun 25 13:17:49 2013
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I'm currently reading Sea Room (only on p130), and as an expat Scot living in London, I'm totally hooked on your beautiful and passionate book. Did a google search to find some photos of The Shiants, and here I am. (I must say that the rat infested bothy had me spooked a bit, but now that I know from this website that they are the rare black rat, I'm rather enchanted by them :)).
Name: David Green
E-Mail: green_david_AT_mac_DoT_com
Town: Petty Harbour, Newfoundland
Country: Canada
Date: Tue Jun 4 00:06:06 2013
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Hello. Currently reading 'Seize the Fire'. Utterly brilliant piece of work, and such a different take on Traflagar. Fabulous reading! Shiants look fabulous as well; living in Newfoundland we have no shortage of craggy isles, though ours for the most part don't have much history of habitation older than 500 years. Is there good blueberry picking on the Shiants? A few managed feral cat colonies would clear up your rat problem in a couple of seasons!
Name: Kathryn Grant
E-Mail: kd_DoT_grant_AT_shaw_DoT_ca
Town: Ladysmith
Country: Canada
Date: Thu May 30 02:23:10 2013
How you found us: I got the URL from the Book 'Sea Room'
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I will be traveling to Harris in July 2013 and came across the book 'Sea Room' in my public library. I loved the book; I am an islander myself and I'm always drawn to places close to the edge.
Name: Lucinda Deus
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Date: Sat May 11 14:13:28 2013
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Hi, I read about the Shiant Isles somewhere and apparently your guest house has a problem with rat infestation? I've heard that Peppermint Oil sprinkled in the location on a reasonably regular basis is useful to get rid of rats and mice I wonder if it would help? thanks Lucinda
Name: Alan Thomson
E-Mail: alansthomson_AT_ntlworld_DoT_com
Town: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Date: Tue Apr 23 14:01:42 2013
How you found us: Word of mouth
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Have read the fascinating book, and am planning to visit over the second weekend in June to add the Shiants to remote islands we have visited by RIB.
Name: josephine fairley
E-Mail: jofairley_AT_hotmail_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: glasgow
Country: scotland
Date: Sat Apr 13 03:15:53 2013
How you found us: I got the URL from the Book 'Sea Room'
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Discovered the book Sea Room by chance in a charity shop some years ago in a local charity shop.One of the best books i ever bought along with The Cry of a Bird and In Answer to the Cry by Dorothy Yglesias.Loved the book,felt like i was so close i could smell the sea! The Shiants sound beautiful and long may they remain with the Nicolson family as they obviously have so much passion for them.
Name: Jonathan Weaden
E-Mail: kingvamp_AT_hotmail_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: Hull
Country: UK
Date: Thu Apr 11 19:03:53 2013
How you found us: A link from another site
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I saw the newspaper article. I thought, inhospitable weather, worse than basic accommodation, no toilets, showers, and no trees, no shops - but loads of dirty rats - what an excellent place to banish hateful people to! You must be able to live on very little and have the constitution of an ox to be able to tolerate it. If I ever come to power, I will make you an offer you can't refuse on behalf of the Government, and use the islands to banish indefinately or for life bankers, politicians, company presidents and other crooks who are used to luxury and refinement that they don't deserve.
Name: Christien Sleeboom
E-Mail: Chr_DoT_sleeboom_AT_planet_DoT_nl
Town: Haarlem
Country: The Netherlands
Date: Sat Apr 6 12:30:03 2013
How you found us: I got the URL from the Book 'Sea Room'
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While looking for a travelguide for Nothern England I found your book in the public library. While reading history comes to life. A visit to Handa made a bit possible to imagine how the Shiants are. I understand your decission to keep it private , but I would love to visit the islands. Thank you for writing this book and sharing this story.
Name: Brian Dunt
E-Mail: brian_AT_gallogna_DoT_com
Town: Fivizzano
Country: Italy
Date: Fri Apr 5 17:21:50 2013
How you found us: I got the URL from the Book 'Sea Room'
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I have visited Harris many times, stayed at Rodel and Scalpay,long wanted to visit, fired by Sea room which I have read, and re-read. Alas,too old now to realise the dream. But will hopefully get a glimse next week when we tour the Outer Isles again.
Name: Patricia McGlynn
E-Mail: p_mcglynn_AT_sky_DoT_com
Town: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Date: Tue Apr 2 15:10:45 2013
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We watched a programme, probably on Discovery Channel, about your sailing trip around Scotland? You visited a monastery and this programme detailed the dangers and joys of your journey - a fabulous story! Is this aavailabe on dvd?
Name: Alberto Sequeira
E-Mail: as_umm_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Town: Lisboa
Country: Portugal
Date: Mon Apr 1 09:56:30 2013
How you found us: A link from another site
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Beautifull place. It reminds me the Berlengas islands in the Portuguese coast but more wild. I´ve always been fascinated by Scotland. You´re luck. Enjoy it. Thanks for sharing. Linked from here: http://greensavers.sapo.pt/2013/03/31/ilhas-shiants-sem-electricidade-e-cheia-de-ratos-mas-um-paraiso-para-a-familia-nicolson-com-fotos/
Name: Jorge Manuel Pinheiro Emidio
E-Mail: jorgemix47_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Town: Torres Novas
Country: Portugal
Date: Mon Apr 1 00:09:26 2013
How you found us: A link from another site
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Simplesmente fantástico...Como chegar,pergunto?
Name: Vonie
E-Mail: Vonievega _AT_gmail_DoT_com
Town: Cork
Country: Ireland
Date: Sat Mar 23 22:55:51 2013
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Saw the article and thought how being so cut off is either exhilarating or excoriating. A an artist it would be emancipation.
Name: beverly bowman
E-Mail: bevbowman420_AT_msn_DoT_com
Town: norman park, georgia
Country: United States
Date: Fri Mar 22 20:44:04 2013
How you found us: A link from another site
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I would love the opportunity to visit the isles!
Name: beverly bowman
E-Mail: bevbowman420_AT_msn_DoT_com
Town: norman park, georgia
Country: United States
Date: Fri Mar 22 20:43:34 2013
How you found us: A link from another site
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I would love the opportunity to visit the isles!
Name: Gloria Marsh-Fisher
E-Mail: cont_AT_iafrica_DoT_com
Town: Durban
Country: South Africa.
Date: Thu Mar 21 08:24:51 2013
How you found us: Word of mouth
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After a long hot summer here in South Africa I couldn't resist a look at the Shiant Isles.
Name: Robert Elliot
E-Mail: mairobe_AT_paradise_DoT_net_DoT_nz
Town: New Plymouth
Country: New Zealand
Date: Wed Mar 20 00:30:50 2013
How you found us: A link from another site
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The article in the Daily Mail refreshed my recollections of Adam's book "Sea Room". A great read. Like many people I am fascinated by stories of Island life and the article captures this life wonderfully. For those of a similar mind may I recommend 'Island Years" by F Fraser Darling.
Name: Kerry Taylor
E-Mail: kerry_DoT_taylor1_AT_nhs_DoT_net
Town: Brigg
Country: United Kingdom
Date: Sun Mar 17 17:32:56 2013
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Loved reading your article in the Daily Mail on the 16th March. My husband, myself and my 7 year old little boy, would love to stay there for a few days. Is there any availability this summer???
Name: Margaret Essex
E-Mail: margaretessex_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Town: Solihull
Country: England
Date: Sun Mar 17 15:42:33 2013
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I Read your brilliant article in the Daily Mail March 16. It looks a wonderful place for your family to experience. I myself could not cope with the rats! I do hope that the island stays with your family for many years to come.
Name: Ray Sexton
E-Mail: raysexton_AT_talktalk_DoT_net
Town: Portchester
Country: England
Date: Sun Mar 17 14:44:19 2013
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Read the item in Daily Mail yesterday, so just had to see more about these islands.Sounds a fasinating history, A hard life even in summer but winter must have been a testing time, survival must have been difficult. The other half would not stay there but me, yep, a challenge with the rats. They are hopefully eradicating them on one of the Gallopogas Islands if I remember correctly. Sounds like they need to visit you next. Enjoy & add more history for generations to follow
Name: Diana Rodger
E-Mail: dianarodger_AT_rocketmail_DoT_com
Town: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Date: Sun Mar 17 13:35:34 2013
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Fantastic article in the Mail! What an adventure to stay there for a while! Long may you be the custodian of this unique little place.
Name: Geoffrey Clark
E-Mail: CLARKGEOFFREY_AT_HOTMAIL_DoT_CO_DoT_UK
Town: GRAVESEND
Country: UK
Date: Sun Mar 17 13:27:05 2013
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IS ANY PART OF AUGUST 2013 OR LATER MONTHS IN 2013 FREE TO VISIT AND STAY? IF SO, HOW DO I BOOK IT? IT MAY BE THAT MY BROTHER ACTUALLY COMES AS HE AND HIS WIFE ARE KEEN ORNITHOLOGISTS, WHEREAS I AM MERELY CURIOUS.
Name: John K Cockburn
E-Mail: caseyco_AT_hotmail_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: West Byfleet, Surrey
Country: England
Date: Sun Mar 17 12:20:38 2013
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Found you from the Mail article
Name: Mike Sheriston
E-Mail: sheristons_AT_btinternet_DoT_com
Town: Nottingham
Country: England
Date: Sat Mar 16 20:56:05 2013
How you found us: Word of mouth
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Wow, I want to come! When is it free?
Name: sara aitken
E-Mail: aitken_s_AT_btinternet_DoT_com
Town: airlie by kirriemuir
Country: Scotland
Date: Sat Mar 16 18:26:56 2013
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I also read an article in the mail and it got me curious so I decided to visit the website. I would LOVE to visit the island but I would have to wait till my children are older as then me and my husband can go by ourselves. I believe you have a bit of heaven on earth there.
Name: Jane Hasler
E-Mail: janereid2_AT_googlemail_DoT_com
Town: Colchester
Country: Essex
Date: Sat Mar 16 17:15:59 2013
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Have just read article in the mail. Wow! That is truly get away from it all. Very tempted. If I can persuade other half, would seriously love to visit sometime soon. Not many places left where it is 'stop the world let me off' and recharge batteries. Fantastic.
Name: Chris
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Town: Inverurie
Country: Scotland
Date: Sat Mar 16 15:47:59 2013
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Never had the priviledge of visiting Shiants but have possibility of taking passengers on samll cruise ship perhaps next year. If South Georgia can undertake rat eradication (and NTS on Canna) how about raising funds for a removal of the rats on Shiants. It would make so much difference to birdlife
Name: Sara Hollins
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Town: Newbury
Country: Berkshire
Date: Sat Mar 16 15:34:51 2013
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I so enjoyed the Mail article and the photos brought back such happy memories. I stayed on the Shiants twice when I was at school (Cranbrook School, Kent) as Sir Nigel Nicolson was Chairman of the governors and let the school use the islands for holidays sometimes. I went twice about 36 years ago and had the most amazing time. We travelled up from Kent by minibus then got a tiny trawler across to the Shiant Islands.. all the most marvellous experience, driving from Kent to the Hebrides via Skye and ferries.... On the Island we camped in tents, dug a hole as a loo, cooked in the little house and on an open fire outside, learnt to canoe round the island, swam in the freezing cold sea, climbed up the cliffs with ropes, had long walks looking at the birds and sheep, smelt permanently of wood smoke, and learnt to catch fish - I have a wonderful photo of myself outside the house with a huge pollock that contributed to supper for the rest of the group that evening. We ate loads of fish, porridge and custard. At night we lay petrified in our tents as huge rats scratched at the canvas and squeaked outside. I could go on for hours, but it was just the best holiday of my life and I still often think about the islands and how beautiful they are. I am glad they are being enjoyed by other people as well. Thanks Adam for writing about this marvellous place and I hope your family realise how blessed they are to be able to experience the islands.
Name: Balwant Singh
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Town: Hong Kong
Country: China
Date: Sat Mar 16 15:03:59 2013
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Amazing and envious of you owning such a wonderful island. I am writing this on the other far corner of the world Hong Kong where I own a successful hotel business. There are plenty of people who would love to visit and stay at your island. Too many visitors may spoil everything, so keeping it as it is may be also be a good idea. However, it would be better if you could have some essential items like solar panels for electricity and in turn have a fridge, computer, radio and television. Since the house is already there, it should cost little and easy to achieve that. Cheers.
Name: Charles Bezzina
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Town: Wellingborough
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Date: Sat Mar 16 14:49:08 2013
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I read your story in the Mail with interest. I am an artist(painter) and have painted on locations in Iceland, Norway, and Greenland, where I was privileged to be offered artist in residence at the Open Air Museum of Upernavik Greenland.I spent 8 weeks with the Inuits of Upernavik and the house they provided me with was similar to the one in your story, however not as isolated.I have visted the Arctic 9 times and the project was themed 'In Search of ice made in heaven' which I made into a lecture and deliver it to artists and art societies in the UK. I am planning to start a new project themed 'In search of the picturesque in land of desolation' which could fit in with what your landscape has to offer me as a painter. Can you be kind enough to drop me an email please and let me know the procedure for applying. Many Thanks Regards Charles Bezzina
Name: Nick Neale
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Town: Harrogate
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Date: Sat Mar 16 14:00:45 2013
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UNusually found ourselves reading the Daily Mail in our favourite cafe. Read a fascinating article on the Shiants and was really intrigued at the prospect we might be able to stay there. My partner is an artist (juliapottersart.co.uk) and we spent alst February in Catterline (though in much greater comfort!). Julia loves to paint en plein air and I was in the habit of lashing her to the jetty in storms so she could paint. We'd love to be able to visit.
Name: anna rollan
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Date: Sat Mar 16 13:07:53 2013
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i love birds... i hope to see all the birds mentioned for real.
Name: Theresa Rawlings
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Town: Enfield
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Date: Sat Mar 16 12:52:26 2013
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The article in The Mail was very interesting and informative
Name: catherine iona
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Date: Sat Mar 16 12:44:41 2013
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I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED READING YOUR COLUMN IN SATURDAYS MAIL(14/03) AND I BET YOUR FATHER WAS A REAL HIT WITH THE GIRLS, STILL LAUGHING,,,,,,,,!I WOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER PAYING A VISIT TO "SHIANT ISLES" ON MY NEXT VISIT TO LEWIS.SHALL BE BUYING THE BOOK.
Name: David Duggan
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Date: Sat Mar 16 08:42:56 2013
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Will be ordering this from AMAZON, looks a magical place, your a lucky family to be connected to such a place, long may your family own it, good luck.
Name: steve hendrie
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Town: runcorn
Country: england
Date: Sat Mar 16 08:20:06 2013
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The wonder of leaving the modern world behind and getting to grips with nature is so alluring and so brave.Thank you for sharing this remote love of nature at its best and worst.
Name: Autumn
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Town: Philadelphia
Country: USA
Date: Sat Mar 16 07:29:28 2013
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Wow. Impressive- If it weren't for the rats, I might give it a whirl for a week. Bet your children grow upwith a fabulous sense of what priorities and privileges are.
Name: John Welburn
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Town: Windsor
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Date: Sat Mar 16 07:18:30 2013
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I found you through MailOnline
Name: Ian MacQuarrie
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Town: Kelowna
Country: Canada
Date: Sat Mar 16 06:54:52 2013
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Several years of living on a Gulf Island off Canada's west coast and later, commuting by boat to our remote lakeside 70 acre homestead gives one a deep appreciation of the Shiant Isles hold on your family. Wonderful reflections on the elemental beauty of humble living. We look forward to reading Sea Room soon.
Name: Michael J Lee
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Town: Sheffield
Country: England
Date: Sat Mar 16 04:47:15 2013
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It must be in the blood not sure I could cope but it sounds idyllic and a delight to read about.
Name: Sylvia Johnson Feldman
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Town: Lyme, Connecticut
Country: US
Date: Sat Mar 16 04:29:51 2013
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I so much enjoyed reading about your life on the islands. Your children must be very hearty to have spent so much time there. I visited Scotland in 2008 for The Gathering and wanted so much to go to the Hebrides, but as we discovered, it takes a great deal longer to travel around than one would think simply from reading guidebooks. Next time. We did make it to the Isle of Mull where my husband managed to blow out two tires at once coming around a curve toward an oncoming car! Wonderful to read about your adventures. Thank you.
Name: Hilary Plowrght
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Town: Gabriola Island, British Columbia
Country: Canada
Date: Sat Mar 16 04:28:51 2013
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What a delight to read about your islands and your experiences living in such a remote place with very few mod cons.In comparison, our island has all the luxuries one could wish for but it still retains its uniqueness and island lifestyle.
Name: Barbara
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Town: Takapuna,Auckland.
Country: New Zealand
Date: Sat Mar 16 03:30:37 2013
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Kia Ora/Hello,I enjoyed reading about your islands.Are there still sheep grazing?If so where do they shelter?Would love to read you have managed to 'Rat Proof'your wee two room crib. Bye,Barbara.
Name: Pauline Grant
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Town: wylam northumberland
Country: uk
Date: Wed Mar 13 23:18:18 2013
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One day I will get to visit some of the Islands off beautiful West Coast of Scotland....Shiants among them. Downloading Sea Room now.
Name: michael wildgust
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Town: sheffield
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Date: Mon Mar 4 17:38:43 2013
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I visited the Shiants on two occasions in the 1990's whilst sailing and crewing on the MV Marguerite Explorer a gaff-rigged ketch.I have visited most of the Hebridean islands,but my visit to the Shiants left an indelible memory on me.A wondrous wondrous place.Just off the shoreline I saw a Minke Whale breach, and were surrounded by a huge pod of dolphins.I loved the wildness of the place,and speak about my adventures to groups interested in wildlife.They forged my passion for the natural world and conservancy of that diminishing habitat.
Name: Kathryn Eichholz
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Town: Charlemont
Country: USA
Date: Mon Mar 4 14:30:09 2013
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A wonderful, all-encompassing view of island life. I picked this book up at my local library and loved it from the first page on. Thanks for the website -- I will want to keep on reading about the serene beauty that is the Shiants.
Name: Jacqueline Eisenstadt
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Town: Milton Keynes
Country: UK
Date: Thu Jan 31 10:19:44 2013
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Thank you Adam for a wonderful book. Its carrying me through the most dismal time of the winter. One day I will get there! The delay will be because I am wedded to a boat down south. I especially loved the early chapters about your hand built boat as I used to sail a 16 foot dinghy (until the sea taught me a few lessons and I moved on to something more sea worthy).
Name: Christine Crowther
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Town: RICKMANSWORTH, Hertfordshire
Country: UK
Date: Thu Nov 29 19:40:11 2012
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I visited Skye and Raasay for a week in October 2012 and gazed longingly over at Harris and Lewis I visited 40 years ago with a friend when I was 21. I can't believe I only went in a bus across Skye and didn't see much then. I've been all over Europe but forgot to return to the northern jewel in my own country. I was in Dunvegan Castle gift shop when I spotted "Sea Room". Thrifty librarian that I am, I borrowed the book from the library and have just finished it! A beautiful book Adam that calls to the heart and to solitude. Somehow I think a return to Harris and a trip to Tom's islands might be on the cards in the next few years. Birdwatching is a keen hobby but I have never yet seen a puffin!! All Good Wishes
Name: Judy Walker
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Town: Queensland
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Date: Tue Nov 27 09:48:40 2012
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Something is pulling me to come and see your Islands. I don't know why or how, but i feel certain I will visit soon. Can visitors come to your Island? Are their accommodations? Please send me some information. Kind Regards, Judy Walker
Name: Cliff Esler
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Town: Grand Etang
Country: Canada
Date: Sat Nov 17 17:58:18 2012
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In this age nothing exceeds like excess, but I'll leave my mark anyway to praise your fine book and the same raw, primordial thusness that drew me to Cape Breton. The blood of our own MacLeods and MacKenzies surely comes from the shores of the Minch. Tapadh leat, Adam! PS, IMHO, the website cries out for more high quality photos and aerials...
Name: Kurt Vander Eecken
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Town: Malderen
Country: Belgium
Date: Tue Oct 30 15:25:39 2012
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Last July, at the start of summer holidays, I picked up 'Sea Room' to kill time before going to bed in hotel in Friesland, NL. Next morning I had to buy it and now it is amongst my favorites. I have reccomended it to other continentals who also love the wild north. One day must get there !
Name: David Ashbaugh
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Town: Lopez Island, Washington State
Country: USA
Date: Wed Sep 26 22:27:34 2012
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I am a retired surgeon, living on a small island off the coast of northwest Washington State. I picked up your book "Sea Room" at our local library. It is a delightful read and I enjoyed it very much. I am also a retired professor of surgery and lived much of my life in an academic atmosphere. While I enjoyed my colleagues I have always been skeptical of "scientific" claims unless checked and proven beyond doubt. As a writer you have relied upon experts outside your field of knowledge and present their findings as given, but I would suspect other experts might say differently. Not much of a gripe for such a fine book though and thank you
Name: Oliver Lynas
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Town: Newtownards, Co Down
Country: Northern Ireland
Date: Mon Sep 10 17:03:29 2012
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Have just read 'Sea Room' following references in Robert MacFarlane's recently published 'The Old Ways'. Have been in sight of the Shiants whilst cruising on my boat. Will certainly drop anchor next time, weather permitting.
Name: Chris Caldwell
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Town: Belfast
Country: Northern Ireland
Date: Mon Sep 3 16:00:49 2012
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Visited the islands on Aug 20th 2012 en route from Scalpay to Ullapool. Part of a route that took the boat from Strangford Lough, County Down through the Hebrides to Loch Roag in Lewis. The Shiants were a real bonus. Stunning! Those columns of rock are much taller than the Giant's Causeway in Co Antrim.
Name: Mavis Gulliver
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Town: Isle of Islay
Country: Scotland
Date: Mon Aug 27 21:17:19 2012
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What a wonderfulbook - I read it and went straight back to the beginning and read it again. It's on my list of all time favourites. Thank you.
Name: Mark Blythe
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Town: Oxford
Country: United Kingdom
Date: Wed Aug 22 08:51:43 2012
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Our three families visited your beautiful islands yesterday on our boat. What a day, flat calm and sunshine. Fantastic walking and stunning scenary. So close to Scalpay and yet in a different world altogether. Will return next year.
Name: Catherine Macleod
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Town: Auckland
Country: New Zealand
Date: Tue Aug 7 03:56:53 2012
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I was looking for a book called 'Sound of the Shiants'. At least I thought it was a book, from some notes I made in my diary ages ago but can't remember now why I noted it! Now I see below a book called 'Sea Room' so I'll check that out.
Name: Christopher Gallop
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Town: London
Country: UK
Date: Wed Jul 25 06:54:39 2012
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Have just finished reading 'Sea Room', having been lent it by a cousin of my wife's; she has family on Lewis. I have read a number of location-based so-called micro-histories recently, and thought this was especially interesting because of Adam Nicolson's thoughtful analysis of land ownership and its meaning in places like the Shiants. Having said that, I wish I had had an inheritance sufficient to allow me to buy some islands when I was an undergraduate at Balliol... I very much hope to visit one day.
Name: James courage
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Town: London
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Date: Sun Jul 22 11:29:40 2012
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Had the pleasure of visiting the Shiants on the 16th July and anchored for lunch before going rely ashore to here the cottage is. Hard to describe the beauty of the place the geography, the stunning array of bird life - quite overwhelming numbers of a wonderful variety of seabirds and wow what a view when you sail away or sail past as we did coming back from St kilda - memorable
Name: James courage
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Date: Sun Jul 22 11:29:38 2012
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Had the pleasure of visiting the Shiants on the 16th July and anchored for lunch before going rely ashore to here the cottage is. Hard to describe the beauty of the place the geography, the stunning array of bird life - quite overwhelming numbers of a wonderful variety of seabirds and wow what a view when you sail away or sail past as we did coming back from St kilda - memorable
Name: Mike Guy
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Town: Waterlooville
Country: Hampshire
Date: Fri Jul 6 11:40:00 2012
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I picked up the book, which was on sale at my local library,mainly on the strength of the title. I enjoyed the book very much as I am a small boat sailor & have a strong interest in wild life. Probably the best 20p ivestment I have ever made.
Name: Mark Paterson
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Town: Newmarket
Country: United Kingdom
Date: Mon Jun 18 13:58:39 2012
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Hello to fellow lovers of Sea Room.
Name: Dorothy Smith
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Town: Glenlyon.
Country: Scotland
Date: Sun Jun 17 19:04:36 2012
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Always been fascinated by remote islands in Scotland.
Name: Michael McKay
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Town: New London, CT
Country: USA
Date: Mon May 21 15:15:33 2012
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Learned of "Sea Room" and the isles from David Yeadon's "Seasons on Harris," and am loving it. I regard Scotland as my spiritual home, and your book takes me back there as I stroll through it a chapter at a time every Sunday morning. I lived in Dunoon, Argyll as a teenager, took my daughters there and to Ft. William, Tongue, Mull, Iona, Staffa and Edinburgh 10 years ago, and my wife and I spent 3 weeks on Skye and in Edinburgh last summer. We are planning a trip to the Outer Hebrides in the next couple of years, and I'm hoping we can visit the Shiants then. By the way, thanks for writing "Sea Room," it is a beautiful piece of work.
Name: Katherine Crouch
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Town: Ilminster
Country: UK
Date: Sun May 20 22:13:12 2012
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I really love Sea Room, just read it for the fourth time. I lived for a time on Ardnamurchan and feel heart sick not to be there, but it makes me understand what you say about the culture of the Hebrides being so different from the South of England. We will be reading Sea Room for our book club next month if it is my turn to choose. I wonder how many members will really "get" it?
Name: Diana Denny
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Town: Victoria
Country: Canada
Date: Wed May 2 05:28:23 2012
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Dear Adam, I have spent this winter/spring reading Sea Room and several of your other books, because your writing is wonderfully sensitive and descriptive. Finding your books on Amazon, was a thrill, as my wife and I have been a fan of both your Grandmother and Father. I found this site while looking for photos to illustrate a 'torc'. What a wonderful story you told of noticing your Shiant Torc on the fish-boat, then travelling around to museums to learn more about these antiquities. Fascinating. We are sailors on the Pacific coast of Canada, and have a huge interest in the artifacts from ancient peoples of our area as well. Thank you for continuing to write, Sincerely, Diana
Name: Jackie Shave
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Town: Amhuinnsuidhe
Country: UK
Date: Sat Mar 24 22:49:53 2012
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Dear Adam I contacted you a while ago regarding our Beethoven Concerts at the Mission House here on Harris. I wanted to tell you about another project .....I wrote some music here and the result is a CD just out called postcards from home. it is violin, tabla and guitar, myself, Kuljit Bhamra and John Parricelli. We have had some nice reviews. there is a track dedicated to you inspired by our trip there on our wooden ketch. it's called Song of the Shiants ? I would like to send you a copy but don't know your address exactly...or you can get one from Amazon! anyway.....I hope you get to hear it somehow. I hope you are enjoying the Spring..... Regards Jackie
Name: Renee Zienert
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Town: Belleville
Country: USA
Date: Fri Mar 9 19:53:44 2012
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Amazon.com brought me to this site....I've just reserved Sea Room from my library and can't wait to read it. I love learning about remote, uninhabited places, and hope someday to visit some of them. :)
Name: Petra Parker
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Town: Norwich
Country: England
Date: Sun Feb 19 19:44:26 2012
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I loved Sea Room, it is one of my favorite books, beautifully and evocatively written. I read the book some years ago but the Shiants have lived on in my imagination ever since and I'm so pleased to have found and visited your website. Perhaps one day I shall be lucky enough to visit the islands.
Name: Jane Heynes
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Town: Wellingborough
Country: England
Date: Sun Feb 19 10:43:46 2012
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I sailed to the Shiants in July 2011, overnight from St Kilda, aboard Bessie Ellen, a gaff ketch from the early 1900s. Having been on first watch, I was sleeping as we approached the islands in the half light but ran up on deck as soon as I realsied we were near land. The day was still and blue, with sea and sky merging into one at the horizon. St Kilda was supposed to be the highlight of my voyage, but the Shiants wove a mystery and magic that ingrained into my being. I did not know who owned the islands, until, as a keen gardener I 'googled' some info about Sarah Raven and then the connections were made! I am reading 'Sea Room' and now the vivid pictures I retain in my head and heart all make sense.
Name: Carolyn McNamara
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Town: Saint Georges
Country: United States of America
Date: Tue Jan 31 22:04:03 2012
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A few days ago I found "Sea Room" in the private donation sale room of my little public library in Delaware City, Delaware, USA. Via this site is the only way I can thank the person who donated this book to this very grateful recipient. After many trips to Scotland and the northern and western isles, I find I am in remiss for having no previous knowledge of the wild and beautiful Schiant Isles. My heart yearns for the sights, the sounds, the smells of my bonnie Scotland once again and Adam Nicholson has brought these to me through his very sensitive and descriptive work. Thank you Adam Nicholson, from the bottom of my heart.
Name: Tim Lodge
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Town: Maidenhead
Country: UK
Date: Tue Jan 24 12:43:01 2012
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Apologies to anyone who has tried unsuccessfully to post a message to the guest book since Christmas. It's all working again now.
Name: Philip Taylor
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Town: Mansfield
Country: England
Date: Thu Dec 15 18:49:13 2011
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just read your book,Searoom.Well worth the 50p from a charity shop.At the end of the book you phoned your son and got the reply " I've gotta go. I've got history" Did you pass on your love of the islands to him? Best Wishes Phil
Name: Roy Fallon
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Town: Manchester
Country: England
Date: Sat Dec 3 21:49:21 2011
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OOOPS!!! I should have written June 2006...not June 2012 of course...that was me just wishful thinking I suppose...:) :) :)
Name: Roy Fallon
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Town: Manchester
Country: England
Date: Sat Dec 3 21:47:29 2011
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I stayed on the Shiants for a week back in June 2012. It was an incredible experience and one that I dearly yearn to repeat. It was blowing, what seemed like, 100mph winds throughout some nights...the carbon fibre rods in my tent were bending so much that they were whacking me in the face as I lied there on my groundsheet. When I stripped my tent, at the end of the week, the rods were shattered, with long fractures and spilts along them. The midges there are absolutely savage, they were eating away at me within minutes of landing on the island and when I bathed myself in a hefty layer of repellent, they just seemed to actually be more attracted to me. The weather through any given day was a mixed bag of bright warm sunshine,high winds or heavy rain. The rats were quite good company when I was sat in the house in the evenings actually. Their little yellow eyes and their lack of fear were really amusing. Toiletting in the tidal zone can be an odd experience...not without some humour though...burning the loo roll after it has been used takes some skill as well.. :) Please dont see any of the above comments as any kind of negative or complaint..I absolutely loved - almost - every minute of my stay..the midges were the flies in the ointment (pardon the pun). The puffins were incredible, the Great Skuas, Cormorants were also fabulous. I filmed a whale travelling by the island on my last evening there...(absolute wow, wow, wow factor) There was a poor, unfortumate baby dolphin that had been washed ashore in the days preceding my visit..very sad and unfitting end for such a creature. A grey seal kept visiting the tidal area but never actually came ashore..just kept an eye on me as it bobbed around the surface of the water. I spent almost a whole, warm and sunny, afternoon filming and watching hundreds of gannets diving from the skies into the sea, just off shore. They seemed to actually split into pairs and dive side by side into the water. Unfortunately there were 2 that had hit the rocks as they dove and their dead bodies were to and fro in the tidal zone for the next few days..another one of Mother Nature's sadder moments. I took great exception to the fact that 1 of the "conservationists" in the group I was with, caught a large fish and killed it (he did eat it). My perception of wildlife tours is to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but photographs, videos and great memories. There were a few less than pleasant words spoken over that episode and I kept myself very much to myself after it occurred. I would love to go there again..and I intend to do so as soon as possible. If you get the chance to go, you should take it. It was one of the best wildlife photography tours I have ever done and I have filmed tigers in India, gorillas in The Cameroon and many more "adventures". All the best.
Name: Matthew John Ritchie
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Town: Farnborough
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Date: Mon Oct 31 21:32:30 2011
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I received your book as a gift resulting from my lone wonderings in the Western Isles and Scotland. I thought it was brilliant and hope to plan next years holiday around a visit. My fascination began with Castaway 2000 BBC and seem to be drawn that direction now I can afford the travel after Uni. Bliss the freedom of debt free living. I did see one Puffin in flight while on the ferry but at a distance, eyes glued open for Dolfin though none to be seen. Matthew
Name: Matthew John Ritchie
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Town: Farnborough
Country: England
Date: Mon Oct 31 21:32:02 2011
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I received your book as a gift resulting from my lone wonderings in the Western Isles and Scotland. I thought it was brilliant and hope to plan next years holiday around a visit. My fascination began with Castaway 2000 BBC and seem to be drawn that direction now I can afford the travel after Uni. Bliss the freedom of debt free living. I did see one Puffin in flight while on the ferry but at a distance, eyes glued open for Dolfin though none to be seen. Matthew
Name: Mark Hibbert-Hingston
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Town: Winchester
Country: England
Date: Fri Sep 30 09:00:13 2011
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Was in touch some years back when at least two of our children hoped to visit, me too! Only lack of funds still precludes a stay - one of my dreams. Finally read Sea Room, going slow towards the end as I coulcn't bear to think I would finish it. Magical, heart-rending and wonderful!
Name: Jo Mullenger
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Country: New Zealand
Date: Sat Sep 3 10:23:53 2011
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Just finished reading the book and loved it. My great great grandfather was a Mackenzie from Lewis and spent his last years in NZ. My grandmother remembered him speaking Gaelic at home. Thank you for bringing a part of that world to life.
Name: John Van der Vord
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Town: Wallingford
Country: UK
Date: Fri Aug 26 22:41:36 2011
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Busy reading the book. Enjoying it.
Name: Linda Paffel
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Town: Seattle
Country: USA
Date: Wed Aug 24 19:52:55 2011
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I was told about this site by PJ Foster, a friend. I am fascinated and will be back.
Name: anne obloy
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Town: bridgehampton, ny
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Date: Sun Aug 21 21:55:22 2011
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I loved the Sea Room book. I am interested in visiting the Shiant Island as well as the other Hebrides Islands. What is the nicest hotel on the Hebrides or the closest 5-star hotel to the Hebrides?
Name: John O'Dwyer
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Town: Naas
Country: Ireland
Date: Wed Aug 3 23:51:10 2011
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Visit definitely On my bucket list
Name: Ann Spaeth
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Town: Conshohocken,PA
Country: USA
Date: Mon Jul 25 22:39:26 2011
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My husband and I with 8 women passengers on a Minch Charter boat, spent a night in the cozy harbor and a day on the Shiant Islands May27&28,1997. It was magical! I have wanted to go back sooo much. This webb site is superb and now I must find a way to return. I read Adam Nicholson's book in 2001 and was facinated by all the geological and anthrpological findings, which were not something we were aware of in1997.
Name: suzy allen
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Town: Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire
Country: England
Date: Fri Jul 22 21:26:18 2011
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I got your book in the charity shop, as I love reading about islands. I am currently studying archaeology and geology with the OU and this book has bought them to life. your book is one of those that will be on the shelf and regularly picked up and re-read. thank you for taking the time and sharing your experiences with us.
Name: Raye Keyser
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Town: St. Andrews
Country: Scotland
Date: Thu Jul 21 02:47:50 2011
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Found Sea Room in a cobwebby corner of the local library. Beautifully written, and fascinating both geologically and natural history-wise (speaking as a geology student). Your descriptions of crossing the Minch--and of the archaeological sites--are still in my brain months after reading them. Sailing through the Hebrides after graduation and the Shiants are definitely on my itinerary. :) Cheers, Raye
Name: Rachel Findlay Holmes
E-Mail: rachelsmholmes_AT_gmail_DoT_com
Town: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland of Course
Date: Fri Jul 15 16:10:39 2011
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Dear Adam I am no sailor. Please tell me how I might visit the shiant isles one day.....? Many thanks Rachel
Name: Graeme Forbes
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Town: Badachro
Country: Scotland
Date: Thu Jul 14 23:09:37 2011
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Crossed to the Shiants for our third visit on 1st July. 50 minutes run time from Badachro in "Blue Zulu". Hundreds of dolphins and a couple of Minke whales en route. Bird life was fantastic including a sea eagle and arctic skua. Several sailing yachts but most impressive were the teams of ornathologists catching and we presume ringing birds. Very hard work on the rock strewn ground. Hiope to be back again this summer.
Name: Mark Stokes
E-Mail: mark_at_sleepybubble_dot_com
Town: Kershader, Isle of Lewis
Country: Scotland
Date: Mon Jul 11 11:23:13 2011
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Just returned from my third trip to the islands this year. All three time visited by sea kayak from Lemreway. Sung to sleep by the seals on Eilean Mhuire, with the constant whirring of Puffin and razorbill wings for accompaignment. A truly magical place. Really starting to get to know the features of the place a bit better now, both from the sea and the land. Loved your book too, I think I'm due a re-read to understand better the shelters on the North end of Garbh Eilean.
Name: Dominiek Dendooven
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Town: Ypres
Country: Belgium
Date: Sun Jun 26 15:56:31 2011
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I am actually reading your book (in the Dutch translation). I accidentally bumped into it and when browsing was struck finding so many recurring interests: small islands, Compton Mackenzie (as having visited his other island Herm before) and the fact you are the son of Nigel Nicolson with whom I have exchanged some letters in 2001-2002. Lovely book.
Name: Lawrence Renyer
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Town: Blanco
Country: Tx. U.S.A
Date: Mon Jun 13 15:28:06 2011
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I am currently reading your wonderful book. Your prose and love for the Shiants has me reading and rereading passages as well as reading passages outloud to my wife and friends. This is aa much a classic as Walden and all of the other great books on our place in nature, and I must say much needed in this age. The rest of your work is now on my reading list. Thank you so much. Peace, Lawrence Renyer
Name: Ray Godwin
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Town: Rossendale
Country: UK
Date: Fri Jun 10 17:00:30 2011
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Absolutely loved the book. Would love to know if you ever found pictures of the residents. Is there enough material for a follow up from the information you have subsequently found out about the islands? I notice on todays news a leatherback turtle has been spotted in the Minch. All the best.
Name: Sandy Dickinson
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Town: Lichfield, Staffordshire
Country: England
Date: Sun May 29 18:11:12 2011
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Just returned from a holiday beside Loch Assynt, with Sea Room as my holiday reading. Wonderful. I am pretty terrified of the sea and your descriptions of crossing the Minch in your boat were so vivid, the stuff of nightmares. But I was fascinated by the Shiants and what you've found out about their history. Thank you so much.
Name: Charlie Barraclough
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Town: Merton, London
Country: UK
Date: Mon May 23 22:30:44 2011
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I got here from a Google search for Shiant
Name: Jean and Lindsay Wilson
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Town: Stirling
Country: Scotland, UK
Date: Sun May 8 11:01:01 2011
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We have read Sea Room and enjoyed it greatly. We sail our yacht Sulaire in the North West of Scotland throughout July. This year we hope to visit the Shiants if weather permits. I will let you know, Adam, of potential or exact dates before we set sail. We have greatly enjoyed the website and the book, and share in the spirit of Shiantism. Best wishes to you and yours.
Name: Adrian Toole and Elinor Scott
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Town: Exmouth
Country: UK
Date: Mon May 2 10:03:39 2011
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Adam We much enjoyed Sea Room, which we read to each other in the bath (to the swirling of water). Not only is it well written but we appreciate your going into remarkable depth in your research. This is what islands are all about; we have spent several holidays in the Western isles and realize how much time it takes to get to know anywhere properly, congratulations. By coincidence I've also been reading Quentin Bell's biography of Virginia Woolf, so an intensive introduction to the Nicholsons! Best wishes Adrian
Name: Dominic Barker
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Town: Salisbury
Country: UK
Date: Thu Mar 24 12:13:55 2011
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Hi Adam-just finished reading 'Sea Room' and loved it, fantastic writing and evocation of a magical place. As an archaeologist loved the history and archaeology. A great website as well.
Name: Bruce Kennedy
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Town: Rhoose
Country: Wales
Date: Sun Mar 20 17:41:29 2011
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Hi Adam, Sea room was an enjoyable experience and left me feeling touched the the islands despite never being there.I also enjoyed Sissinghurst unfinished History,an amazing place with a garden to die for. Many thanks. Bruce
Name: Rob Jones
E-Mail: robj_AT_spidermail_DoT_org
Town: Stamford
Country: England
Date: Sat Mar 19 12:05:12 2011
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Got "Sea Room" for Christmas - a terrific book! Can't wait to visit the islands.
Name: Liv Haasper
E-Mail: myflyrocksathotmaildotcom
Town: Ottawa
Country: Canada
Date: Sat Mar 19 05:22:23 2011
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Dear Adam, just a word of thanks for a book beautifully written which took me to a magic place, your islands. I wish I could sail to these islands in my small 22 ' sailboat. I'm glad these islands are in good hands so the rest of the world can enjoy visiting them. Fair winds. Liv
Name: Chartewrs Brown
E-Mail: derekbrown89_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Town: Peterborough; Ontario
Country: Canada
Date: Tue Mar 15 18:17:13 2011
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As a Scot I am ashamed to say i don't know too much about the iner/outer Heb.... moving to Canada at 15yrs old i only now at 61yrs old have a strange hunger to find out more about my roots. A visit is the only answer to quench that hunger.
Name: rachel robinson
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Town: new orleans, louisiana
Country: usa
Date: Tue Mar 15 03:23:01 2011
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as a yank who has only left her own country twice at 27, i find myself inexplicably drawn to the outer hebrides. i just purchased this book and am incredibly excited to read it!
Name: Hilary
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Town: Cupar, Fife
Country: Scotland
Date: Fri Mar 11 20:03:34 2011
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A huge fan of Sea Room (found in a charity shop). A most excellent read i couln't put down - perfect for the dark, quiet nights i spent camping on Colansay. Will i even get to the Shiants, who knows, but i feel i know them through your book. I like to keep an eye on your web site too as im fascinated by your story. All the very best of wishes to you, your family and the islands.
Name: James A. Pottinger
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Town: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Date: Tue Feb 15 14:32:09 2011
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I would like to send a copy of photo of HMS Shiant, an Isles class A/S M/S trawler on which my late father served in WWII, also some brief details of her history
Name: Karen Joyce
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Town: Low Bentham
Country: England
Date: Sun Feb 6 19:00:10 2011
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Hello Adam - I came across your lovely website while planning a trip to the Outer Hebrides this summer. I hope to take a day trip to the Shiant in June to see the puffins. Kind regards. Karen
Name: Heather Kent
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Town: Albury New South Wales
Country: Australia
Date: Sun Jan 30 03:09:45 2011
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Hi Adam just wanted to let you know how fascinated I became with the Shiant Islands after finding your book in our local library. My mother was Scottish and so I look for scottish books when I go to the library. I feel I know your islands a little better after viewing the photos on your web site. I am a bird watcher so was particularly interested in the chapters on birds. I must admit that I did not read every chapter in your book. So thank you for introducing me to a very beautiful and wild place in the world that I didn't know existed till I found your book. Take care Adam. Cheers Heather.
Name: Jeffrey Robinson
E-Mail: robinson_AT_theramblers_DoT_plus_DoT_com
Town: Llanmaes, Llantwit major
Country: Vale of Glamorgan, U.K.
Date: Wed Jan 26 14:23:02 2011
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Like many other contributors to your Guest Book I first became aware of the Shiants after hearing Adam Nicolson's wonderful book Sea Room discussed on Radio 4. My wife bought me a copy for my birthday and what a joy it has been to read it. Withour ver visiting the Shiants I feel I know them well. One day perhaps! In the meantime thank you Adam Nicholson for your extraordinary achievement.
Name: Joanna Smith
E-Mail: jewellery_AT_joannarepton_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: Dumfries
Country: Scotland
Date: Tue Jan 18 22:07:22 2011
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I am half way through reading Sea Room which I borrowed from a friend, saw it sitting in her living room and asked if I might read it. It is a wonderful account and I have just ordered a copy for myself. I spent a magical week on Harris in October 2010 and am already booked to return there in September this year, the Shiants have fascinated me since I first saw them 5 years ago when crossing from Skye to Harris and I hope to visit this September. Reading "Sea Room" just strengthens my resolve to visit, it brings the islands alive with a wonderful vibrancy. I have just watched a lovely programme on Harris tonight on TV and the man who built "Freyja" for Adam Nicholson was featured. Another link in the chain. I have viewed the islands in the glory of a several sunrises from the cottage on Harris last year so hopefully this year will see me being privileged enough to come closer to these magical islands.
Name: Jane Convey
E-Mail: jane_DoT_convey_AT_bigpond_DoT_com
Town: Brisbane
Country: Australia
Date: Fri Jan 14 00:21:34 2011
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Hello. I have just finished reading "Sea Room". I have been enchanted with the Shiant Isles whilst reading the book. The only thing I would absolutely hate would be the rats. However, all the elements written about the Shiants in the book are fascinating. I will be passing the book on to my friends so that they may enjoy a wonderful read. I recently travelled in the UK, where I purchased the book. I travelled to the north of Scotland and Orkneys and also Skye. How I wish I knew about the Shiant Isles then. Although, unfortunately I would not have had a chance to visit, but I would have cast my eyes northwards from Skye in the vain hope of seeing them!! Thank you for the opportunity to share the life and times of the Shiant Isles. Jane
Name: DEREK ROGERS
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Town: LISKEARD
Country: CORNWALL
Date: Thu Jan 13 16:36:53 2011
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Just finished readingn Sea Room,excellent.I spent a month in June 2010 touring the Outer Hebrides from Butt of Lewis to Mingalay including day trip to St.Kilda,worth every penny.Passed The Shiants on ferry Uig to Tarbert also seen from Lewis coast but no time to visit!Hopefully another time now Ive read your book.
Name: Jaine Fenn
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Town: Alresford
Country: England
Date: Wed Dec 29 15:42:10 2010
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I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed 'Sea Room', which I heard about on Radio 4. I am a professional science fiction writer, and I was very impressed with the way this book took me to a new and fascinating place - something aim for in my own writing. I would love one day to visit the Shiants. My husband is less sure, given the basic facilities; I believe this gender division normally goes the other way.
Name: Max
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Town: Brighton
Country: UK
Date: Fri Dec 3 14:11:29 2010
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I enjoyed your book, slowly. It repeatedly reminded me of camping on Lunga (sp?) on the Treshnish Isles in 1982 or 3, as the safety companion to a wildlife photographer for one week. I didn't want to stay there any longer so your book extended my visit without having to endure hardship. I would go back - to renew friendships with the puffins.
Name: Graham Pick
E-Mail: pickdriving_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Town: Ayr
Country: Scotland
Date: Mon Nov 22 23:46:32 2010
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Thank you for sharing your island and for a riveting read.Occasionally we come across 'a little gem'like Longitude or The Surgeon of Crowthorne and cannot wait to pass it on to a friend to share in the pleasure of 'a good read'. Every step an arrival would also be an excellent description of your guided tour of The Shiant Isles.Thank you for an excellent read. Kind Regards, Graham Pick.
Name: Richard Malone
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Town: Cheltenham
Country: Gloucestershire
Date: Tue Nov 2 08:19:33 2010
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Saw the Shiants from across the Minch 12 years ago, sailing south from Cape Wrath. The Dundee skipper pointed them out as islands owned by the Nicolsons, father and son, and what a great job they have made of it, especially how they dealt with the RSPB! And now, I've just finished Sea Room, and I shall miss my treasured hours of reading it.
Name: Steve Court
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Town: Bristol
Country: UK
Date: Mon Oct 11 10:18:46 2010
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Hi, came across your book by accident in the library of a Highland farm cottage I am staying in. Fascinating book and really drew me in to the wonder of these islands. Would love to visit one day!
Name: Mary Jo Wilson
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Town: Greensboro, North Carolina
Country: USA
Date: Mon Oct 4 03:13:52 2010
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As Vilborg says, I too feel like I have just come back from a journey to the Hebrides, so immersed was I in the manyfold story you tell in Sea Room about the islands and their people.
Name: Andrea
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Town: Forest Grove
Country: United States
Date: Sun Oct 3 19:51:24 2010
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Thank you for Sea Room. The older I get, the more I believe that sometimes the best thing we can do for a place is *not* go there - to let it be, and I think I now feel this way about the Shiants, so without your book, I would have no insight into them at all, and that would be a pity.
Name: George M Knox
E-Mail: gmknox_AT_gmail_DoT_com
Town: Eugene
Country: Oregon
Date: Thu Sep 30 23:45:37 2010
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I found the web site in David Yeardon's book, Seasons on Harris
Name: Katherine Schlosser
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Town: Greensboro
Country: US
Date: Wed Sep 29 03:26:04 2010
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Thank you for continuing to share the Shiant Isles.
Name: Mary Stewart
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Town: Cullompton
Country: England
Date: Tue Sep 21 14:24:20 2010
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I visted the islands 4th September by dingy from the Hebridean Pricess which moored in the bay. It was bueatiful, magical and completely stunning. Several of us from the ship landed and explored, some on long walks others just taking the lower shoreline paths. The house was fascinting. The wild life stunning. Hebredian Princess lauches also took us close in to see the seals, sea eagle, and so many birds. We were only there for a few hours but the memory will live forever. I am currently now reading the sea room and reliving the hours on the island. Thank you for keeping this island safe for nature lovers to visit.
Name: Marc Perry
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Town: Wallington
Country: England
Date: Mon Aug 2 12:12:43 2010
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What an amazing island! Totally breathtaking!
Name: Jeannie Rodman
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Town: Smyrna, Delaware
Country: USA
Date: Sat Jul 10 18:37:01 2010
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I am thoroughly engrossed in "Sea Room" and have just begun reading the chapter in which Pat Foster is being shown the treasures of the Shiants for the first time. This book is in itself a treasure and awakens -- again!-- the urge to visit the west highlands I first met when reading Maxwell's "Ring of Bright Water" at age twelve. I thought it must be the most beautiful place on earth then, and when I finally set foot there many years later I found that it was my heart's home. I am now 57, and have visited the west highlands seven times; once to Harris and Lewis, a magical island where I spent a glorious week at Scarista House B&B. I saw the Shiants then, a mysterious and brooding presence in that gorgeous seaspace (this was in June, when the lambs could be seen through the front window, gamboling on the machair. Thank you for writing this book, and for most generously sharing your treasure with us. It's such a treat to know I have an entire body of your writings waiting to be enjoyed, as I know Sea Room is the sort of book one hates to finish. JJR
Name: Silke Friedel
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Date: Wed Jul 7 16:45:36 2010
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Just finished "Sea Room" which I bought in Gairloch while I was staying at Sands campsite. I just love Scotland but haven't been able to visit any isles so far. Whatever I read about the Hebrides and other islands makes me want to go there. I just loved the book. Reading it almost felt like being there in person.
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Last note about hogs and haystacks: I contacted placename/onomastics expert Doreen Waugh, of the School of Scottish and Celtic Studies, who swiftly clarified the matter, saying: "The interpretation which I have usually assumed to be the correct one is that the name comes from your word 'galti', or its Old Norse equivalent. It is commonly used in place-names to indicate islands the shape of a hog's back. The -ichean- ending in Gaelic is simply a plural form indicating a collection of such islands. In fact, I suspect that your (Icelandic) word for a haystack has the same origin." (end of quote). I checked my dictionary and she is absolutely right, the haystack-word galti is derived for the word for a hog - göltur. So, the Galtachean are in fact the hog-islets!
Name: Vilborg Davíðsdóttir
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Date: Mon Jun 14 17:02:40 2010
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Oops - the Icelandic letter Ö in our word for hog, lacking in the Internet's alphabet, is an o with two dots above.
Name: Vilborg Davíðsdóttir
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Date: Mon Jun 14 16:58:54 2010
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A bit more on the Galtas and the notion that perhaps they were ‘pigs’ in the middle of the Minch, not good for navigators: In Icelandic (and Norse) the word for a male pig or hog is göltur (pl. geltir) and we have quite many placenames such as "hog mountain": Galtafell and "Hog Creek": Galtalækur. Usually there will be a legend of a settler in the 9. century who lost a few pigs in the autumn and found them again in spring at this place, their numbers greatly increased. Some grammar is probably also needed to explain: Every noun in Icelandic has four different forms depending on the preposition next to it (and four more for the plural!) Geltir (pl.) in the possessive case/genitive case- needed for compound words - is galta. If the rocks would have taken the name from being seen as "the Hogs", one would have said "Geltir" or "Geltirnir" (-nir being the definite article)- the first syllable "ge" sounding like g+"yeah". Or perhaps "Litli göltur" - Small Hog and "Stóri göltur" - Big Hog. The Icelandic/Norse ö sounds like the vowel in "sir". However, no vowel-change is needed at all to convert the word "Galtar" (big haystacks) to Galtas/Galtachean. Hope I am not drowning you in grammar! Dia dhuit, Vilborg.
Name: Vilborg Davíðsdóttir
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Town: Reykjavík
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Date: Mon Jun 14 12:15:01 2010
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Dear mr. Nicolson. I have just finished reading your book about the Shiant Isles and wanted to thank you very much for writing it. I feel as I have come back home from a journey to the Hebrides, so immersed was I in the manyfold story you tell in Sea Room about the islands and their people. I wanted to share with you a thought on the Galtas and a possible origin for their name. You wrote that it may have come from the Norse word for a gable of a house - which is gafl. This is not impossible, though, the pronounciation in Norse (modern Icelandic is very little changed from old Norse) of that particular word, gafl (sing.) or gaflar (plural) would be gabbl and gabblar with a very distinct b-sound. When looking at the photos of the rocks they did however remind me of the large stacks of hay that were quite common at every Icelandic farm until quite recently, when farmers started to wrap the hay into hideous white plastic. The hay would be gathered in the fields (tún, pron. toon) and carried to the homefarm on horses,where it would be kind of lumped together in large stacks, and covered with canvas. These big stacks usually had a rectangular, oblong shape and would be as high as 3- 4 metres. And they would be called galti (singular) and galtar (plural). I tried to find a decent picture of those on the Internet without much success, these should give you an idea, though the photos are taken out in the fields, not where they would be making the big galtar close to the farm: http://cs-001.123.is/d146ed2d-5189-445a-ada1-c484d1e75726_MS.jpg and http://ljosmyndasafn.akranes.is/photos/ola00523.jpg (see esp. the one farthest to the right ) Again, my heartfelt thanks for Sea Room, kind regards from Iceland, Vilborg
Name: Robert (Bob) Morrison
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Town: Raleigh, North Carolina
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Date: Mon May 17 17:42:22 2010
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I just finished "the book". What a great job of writing! I've been involved with the Dún Eistean Project from the beginning and have gotten fired up on the history, archaeology, and all the other "ologies" of the Western Isles.
Name: Robert (Bob) Morrison
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Town: Raleigh, North Carolina
Country: United States
Date: Mon May 17 17:37:04 2010
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I just finished "the book". What a great job of writing! I've been involved with the Dún Eistean Project from the beginning and have gotten fired up on the history, archaeology, and all the other "ologies" of the Western Isles.
Name: ERIN CARROLL
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Country: CANADA
Date: Fri Apr 16 20:53:39 2010
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I just received your book and have started reading it. My 5x great grandparents were Donald Munro who was born in Harris and his wife Mary Mackinnon. They lived on the Shiants up until sometime in the 1830's . I am descended from thier daughter Mary Munro who married Donald MacLennan. Your book will give me a wonderful insight into my family and their lives on the Shiants. Erin
Name: Tea Martino Yamamoto
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Town: Vashon island, WA State
Country: USA
Date: Sat Apr 3 20:43:21 2010
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You are good to let people stay there. I raise sheep on an island. Are these by chance Scottish Blackface? We have sheep that were left on an island close to us a long time ago. They did very well.
Name: Marie Boyd
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Town: Rancho Cucamonga
Country: California, USA
Date: Thu Apr 1 01:31:45 2010
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I have been swept away by Mr. Nicholson's account of the Shiants. He is a master with words and I feel as though I can breath in that sea air, hear the puffins and feel the sharpness of the juraissic rock underfoot. I have recently taken my coprehensive exams for my doctorate rogram, and I found reading (savoring) a few pages a night before going to sleep helped to relax and ease the tension of 8 hours of academic writing! Thank you so much for this book - and sharing the Shiants with the rest ofthe world.
Name: Rebecca
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Date: Thu Mar 4 21:43:42 2010
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Loved the book, love Scotland, particularly the western coast and the islands. I was just wondering if Tom had taken ownership of the islands yet and if so, how he's getting on. Many thanks.
Name: john c. kennedy
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Town: montclair, New Jersey
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Date: Mon Mar 1 14:23:30 2010
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On a visit to Ireland some years back, I wanted to get to the Skelligs, attracted by the history, situs and spirit of the place. We got as far as Port Magee on a beautiful day but the sea was too rough for a landing. Still, the place lives on in my mind and I've taken to reading about islnds with a similar snese of place. I just finished reading "Sea Room" and have now added the Shiant Islands as one of those places I'll never get to but which gladden my heart that they're there, as it were. Congratulations to Nicolson: the right man for the book and a generous caretaker of a spot in the world that resonates in the hearts of even those who have never been to such a 'spirit shrouded' set of isles.
Name: Kairen Smith
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Country: Great Britain
Date: Fri Feb 26 14:59:23 2010
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Just to say that I found the Sea Room a fascinating book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I've passed it on my Dad now and I have a list of people who want to read it. Would love to visit the Shiants one day.
Name: Paul Dobie
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Town: Biggar
Country: Scotland
Date: Fri Feb 5 11:46:43 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Sea Room". I enjoyed learning about the islands, their history & the influences exerted from the shores of Lewis & beyond. I hope you find the photograph & that future custodians of the islands care for them as well as you. Paul.
Name: MARGARET RUTH TILEY
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Town: DARLINGTON
Country: ENGLAND
Date: Tue Feb 2 15:30:14 2010
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i AM FINDING "SEAROOM" FASCINATING AS I HAVE A GREAT LOVE OF THE HEBRIDES AND SKYE, WHICH I HAVE VISITED MANY TIMES.LOVED THE ACCOUNT OF THE BOAT BUILDER AS HE REMINDED ME OF MY FATHER WHO LOVED WORKING WITH WOOD.
Name: Elizabeth (Allen) Tobiasson
E-Mail: WEWorkshop_AT_aol_DoT_com
Town: Etna New Hampshire
Country: USA
Date: Sat Jan 30 14:59:32 2010
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Just starting the book ... have been hoping to travel to the Hebrides for a long time and the book is just the frosting on the cake! Such loving feeling in the discription of the boat building ... we also have a small cottage in Brooklin Maine - self proclaimed "Boat Building Capital of the world" (wooden of course)... also the location only identifiable viking artifact found in the US ... a tiny coin. The Tobiassons are of viking stock (Sweden - which we have visited often) the Allens are of Scotish stock, so its my turn now!
Name: Suzanne Tina Stevens
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Town: Bay City
Country: Michigan, USA
Date: Wed Jan 27 01:35:26 2010
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I am fascinated by remote, somewhat mysterious and lovely places. Discovered this group of islands while researching an upcoming trip to the Isle of Skye and, hopefully, some of the Outer Hebrides. What a lovely place!
Name: roy wright
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Town: laggan
Country: scotland
Date: Thu Jan 21 09:34:17 2010
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Sea Room - resonant account for margin-dwellers. Beautifully written, energetically researched and deeply felt. The Campbell family lives in the memory (my farm was abandoned at the same time but there is a photo 1901 or 1904 of the Logan family.) Did Catherine not say "I'll leave this place in my box". Is there a tragic irony where her firm desire to preserve the status quo forced its destruction? No answer I know - but a truly compelling story - among many others!
Name: roy wright
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Town: laggan
Country: scotland
Date: Thu Jan 21 09:32:48 2010
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Sea Room - resonant account for margin-dwellers. Beautifully written, energetically researched and deeply felt. The Campbell family lives in the memory (my farm was abandoned at the same time but there is a photo 1901 or 1904 of the Logan family.) Did Catherine not say "I'll leave this place in my box". Is there a tragic irony where her firm desire to preserve the status quo forced its destruction? No answer I know - but a truly compelling story - among many others!
Name: Fernando De Sousa
E-Mail: santec_AT_orange_DoT_fr
Town: Paris / Oporto
Country: France / Portugal
Date: Thu Jan 7 23:33:48 2010
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I have discovered some years ago, when living and teaching portuguese in London, The Shiants from "Sea Room", a wonderful and captivating book; as I m a passionate reader for small islands information, I quite often visit this website (as others for scottish islands as St Kilda or Britanny islands in the west of France); I m now passing this love affair to some of my students and friends; thanks Adam, for your delightful book; through him I could understand why me, coming from a mediterranian country, love so much these northern countrysides.
Name: David (McIver) Docherty
E-Mail: dochertyinbc_AT_yahoo_DoT_ca
Town: Salmon Arm, BC
Country: Canada
Date: Wed Dec 2 07:11:59 2009
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I began reading Sea Room as a research tool and quickly was immersed in as fine a read as ever I have enjoyed. Thank you so much for the sharing. Nunquam obliviscar.
Name: Aileen
E-Mail: ailwalker21_AT_googlemail_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Town: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Date: Tue Nov 24 10:27:24 2009
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I went to Edinburgh yesterday to the National Museum of Scotland, specifically to see the Shiant torc. I won’t tell you where it is displayed so you can have the fun of finding it too. It is modestly described as a Viking Necklace and as having been found in the Minch without mentioning the Shiants. It is a beautiful object and part of the fascination for me is the mystery surrounding its loss. I love the idea suggested by Adam in his book that it may have been a votive offering – a gift to the world. Sea Room is one of the most fascinating books that I have ever read. It was my companion while on retreat in North Wales. Thanks Adam for loving the Shiants and for sharing that.
Name: James Sandrock
E-Mail: james-sandrock_AT_uiowa_DoT_edu
Town: Iowa City, IA
Country: USA
Date: Mon Nov 23 23:00:51 2009
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I have been interested in the Hebrides for years, especially St Kilda and, since reading "Sea Room" (one of the best-written, most charming books ever) in the Shiants. The Parcae willing, I will see them all some day.
Name: alexa kirsten
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Town: Wellington
Country: South Africa
Date: Fri Nov 6 14:14:01 2009
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Am totally fascinated by these islands - have been made aware of them by the wonderful descriptions in the book Sea Room. Such a joy to read and even from so far away am so intrigued. Thank you for this extraordinary book.
Name: Sam Wang
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Town: Wuhan
Country: China
Date: Fri Oct 16 05:17:27 2009
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Dear Adam, I am translating a book "A Book of Silence" by Sara Maitland into Chinese and unexpectedly visited you website and read the samle chapter.The introduction to your island and the book Sea Room are really impressive.By reading I have imagined to tour a magnificent place there. Many thanks.
Name: Patricia Osterhout
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Town: New Smyrna Beach, FL
Country: USA
Date: Thu Oct 15 23:04:17 2009
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Dear Adam, My husband and I read "God's Secretaries" several years ago. He has since passed away, but the book is still treasured in our home library. Our book club was reading "The Guynd" and when ordering on Amazon, your book came up as "other selected reading". I have always been fascinated with the Scottish Island culture beginning with an article (and later book) about St. Kilda. I am reading and loving your book "Sea Room". I only wish Bill were here to enjoy it also. My dream is to make another trip to Scotland (the first in 9/07 and make a longer stay. If I weren't so old (68) I would like to make one of those trips to St. Kilda. But it might be too much. That sounds like something for a much younger person. I will also buy and enjoy reading your book on sailing around the British Isles. Bill and I had a Pacific Seacraft 31 and loved it very much. I enjoyed the chapter in your book about the building and sailing of "Freyja". God Bless you and thank you for your books and website.
Name: VAN ROY Willem
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Town: Dilbeek
Country: Belgium
Date: Thu Sep 17 20:59:41 2009
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I have always been interested in the remote islands of Scotland, and when I found "Sea Room" by chance in a second hand bookshop, I bought it immediately. It is a marvellous book. Thank you so much for this wonderfull book.
Name: Laurie Prescott
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Town: Edinburgh
Country: United Kingdom
Date: Sun Sep 6 11:08:35 2009
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Hallo Adam, I could not help but write to you after reading “Sea Room” and later exploring the fantastic Shiant Islands website to which I have returned time and time again. I so enjoyed “Sea Room” and could hardly put it down until I came to the end. It was so evocative, and the work is brimming with your love and enthusiasm for the Islands. It is a masterpiece and much of what you have written is so familiar and applies loosely to the Western Isles in general. You have included so much detail, particularly of the archaeology, geology and bird life, not to mention the prospect of a most generous welcome to those fortunate enough to land on your very own islands. “Sea Room” was lent to me by Bill Cowie, the warden of South Rona. We visit Rona frequently and Bill is a very old friend, who has also spent much time alone on his island. I am sure that you will know of him if you have not already met him. We are yachties and although we stay in the big city of Edinburgh, for many years we have spent our “summers” sailing in the Western Isles and beyond. It is a wonderful experience to visit the Shiant Islands when the weather and circumstances allow and I hope that one day our paths may cross there. Meantime, it has been a great privilege to read “Sea Room”. Laurie Prescott
Name: Jocie HARRIS-Hoch
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Town: Carmel/Big Sur, California
Country: U.S.
Date: Sat Sep 5 02:18:23 2009
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Adam, Found Sea Room by chance at the public library. I am a shepherd of Scottish Highland Blackface and Soay sheep here in California for grazing purposes. I have always loved the Outer Hebrides and want to visit someday. For now, your book has taken me there and during a tough period of time, just when I needed to escape. Thank you.
Name: Martin Roberts
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Town: Berks
Country: UK
Date: Sun Aug 23 21:27:54 2009
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We visited twice this year by yacht and found it invigorating. Continue the good work, keep the island in family hands and away from the paper pushers. I hope the archaelogical work continues on the history of human habitation.
Name: Cait McCullagh
E-Mail: cait_DoT_mccullagh_AT_gmail_DoT_com
Town: Lemlair
Country: Scotland
Date: Sun Aug 23 08:51:22 2009
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Delighted to have stumbled upon this site whilst looking for images of sheep shanks! I have heard a great deal about archaeological and nautical advantures on around the islands from Janet and Cathy.
Name: Cait McCullagh
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Town: Lemlair
Country: Scotland
Date: Sun Aug 23 08:50:25 2009
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Delighted to have stumbled upon this site whilst looking for images of sheep shanks! I have heard a great deal about archaeological and nautical advantures on around the islands from Janet and Cathy.
Name: Kate Lock
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Town: Copplestone ( a village actually!)
Country: UK
Date: Sun Aug 16 22:30:03 2009
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Hi. Just had the joy of finishing Sea Room, lovingly recommended by a dear friend. I very much enjoyed it, I felt that I had been there with you, by the end, sitting on a grassy bank looking out to sea. It took me back to a very lovely holiday I spent with my mum and dad (and, I think, one brother, I have many, but I think most of them were not there - not sure why) to Mull. It is the only place that I have considered jumping ship to stay at the end of the holiday! Unfortunately I am a woman, but I hope that won't put you off replying! Living as we have in the country - deepest Devon - I have learnt many skills that I had no idea of - shooting, plucking, raising pigs (and children, probably less successfully). Anyhow, I just wanted to say how lovely it was to metaphrically spend that time sitting on your islad soaking up the history, geography and the stories. I would love to visit the Shiants some time, when pigs and children allow. Many many thanks. Kate
Name: Duncan Murchison
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Town: Applecross
Country: United Kingdom
Date: Fri Aug 14 22:04:49 2009
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Passed by manys a time but never been able to land
Name: Joe Harland
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Town: Guildford
Country: UK
Date: Tue Aug 11 15:40:04 2009
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Thank you for a great holiday read. As a child, a long time ago I used to draw and colour Puffins but had never seen one. However this year I managed to get to Skomer and actually see them. They were as wonderful as I imagined and reading your book a month later made the experience even better. I now have to plan a trip to your islands for some more magic. Thank you
Name: FIona Macdonald
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Date: Thu Jul 30 16:04:13 2009
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Hi, I'm from the North East of England, currently living in Singapore. I'm reading Sea Room and am loving reading about the seasonal changes - believe it or not I really miss cold weather, 'proper' green grass and sheep......I'm plotting my escape for when my Teens fly the nest - I'll put the Shiants on my list. Fiona Macdonald
Name: Dusty Deming
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Town: Greenville, South Carolina
Country: USA
Date: Mon Jul 27 17:40:52 2009
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I was hiking in the Western Highlands and Isle of Skye in June and our guide , Iain Thow, recommended Sea Room, which I just finished. He was enthusiastic and now, I am too. Except for the rats, the Shiants would be a wonderful place to visit. Hope to be back in two years for another hike and to paint. I will try to find a way to the Shiants then (July 2011). Thank you for a lovely, inspiring book.
Name: Jack Street
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Town: Sheffield
Country: England
Date: Mon Jul 27 09:38:24 2009
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Hi Adam I went to the Shiants with Jim Lennon in July 09 and I am writing a small piece for my ringing group web site can I use the information on your website about the birds on the Shiant Islands please.
Name: ann shuker
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Town: elstree
Country: herts
Date: Tue Jul 7 23:07:11 2009
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Having read Sea Room a few years ago I was delighted to see that noble caledonian was sailing there as part of their scottish island heritage tour on their ship Island Sky in June 2009.We had a wonderful trip. Perfect weather, the sea like a mill pond, and were able to sail right around the Shiants and see the little house on the shore. We didnt land but I could recognize many of the landmarks from the book as we sailed around & it was very beautiful.. I will now have to read it again! It is one of my favourite books I enjoyed reading it so much & was sorry to get to the end. It reminded me of a holiday spent with friends on LundyIsland on my 21st birthday many ,many years ago. We didn t see any puffins then but on the trip to the Scottish islands in June we saw plenty !
Name: Margaret Swanberg
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Town: Ioannina
Country: Greece
Date: Wed Jun 24 14:39:38 2009
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Beautiful book, magnificent islands and an excellent website. Wish I could visit the place myself.
Name: Iain Beaton
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Town: St Helens
Country: United Kingdom
Date: Wed Jun 17 15:26:13 2009
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Sailed around the Shiants on Friday 12th June 2009 on M.C.A. Orca 1 offshore R.H.I.B under cloudless skies and saw 2 whales,porpoises,seals,lots of puffins,guillemots,kittiwakes,fulmars, skuas and razorbills. Wonderful 3 hours!
Name: Andy Morris RN Retd Ex Lt RN HMS Collingwood
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Town: Fareham
Country: UK
Date: Mon Jun 15 10:44:05 2009
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Excellent Website full of interest and Information. Although 12 cans of beer and 1 bottle of Scotch for 4 days is a bit frugal. Sea Room is rivetting and would love to see Freya included under full new sail !!
Name: Patrick Standen
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Town: Burlington, Vermont
Country: USA
Date: Fri Jun 12 15:57:41 2009
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"Sea Room" is, in my opinion, a wonderful book. I was riveted to your descriptions of the Shiants. Thank you for writing such a stirring and profound portrait of a place.
Name: Annemiek Meertens
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Town: Rotterdam
Country: The Netherlands
Date: Tue Jun 2 11:30:09 2009
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Interesting book and website!
Name: Paul Thompson
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Town: armidale
Country: australia
Date: Sun May 24 05:33:22 2009
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Up to chapter 5 in Sea Room and only today decided to find the Shiants via google. The Shiant homepage adds another dimension and is the next best thing to actually being there. While born in Sussex and living in Australia for 30+years, my heart resides in the islands and highlands of Scotland.Thank you for a gem of a book and the pleasure of The Shiants exploration from here down under.
Name: Michael Hannaford
E-Mail: mhannaford_AT_ccga_DoT_edu
Town: Folkston, Georgia
Country: USA
Date: Fri May 22 02:04:25 2009
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I have loved your wonderful book and, consequently, love your enchanted but oh-so-marvelously-real islands. Thank you very much!
Name: Robert Wagner
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Town: Nr Kilmarnock
Country: United Kingdom
Date: Thu May 21 07:52:10 2009
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all sounds wonderful but very worrying bird report
Name: Robert Wagner
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Town: Nr Kilmarnock
Country: United Kingdom
Date: Thu May 21 07:51:07 2009
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It all sounds wonderful except for the very worrying seabird report.
Name: Ted Naughton
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Town: Head of the Harbor, New York
Country: USA
Date: Sat May 9 19:30:58 2009
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Thank You
Name: Amanda Jane MacLean
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Town: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Date: Tue May 5 12:26:44 2009
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I recently visited Stornoway and found your book in the tourist information office. I really don't want to finish reading it! Thank you for a lovely book!
Name: Maria Palmer
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Town: Plymouth
Country: UK
Date: Fri Apr 24 12:57:40 2009
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Last week I fell over and injured myself. For three days of enforced idlness (in the sun I might add) I was able to bask in the Shiant Isles, I even dreamt about them. They will always shine for me.Thank you Adam.
Name: Bayla Bower
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Town: Berkeley
Country: USA
Date: Tue Apr 7 21:57:33 2009
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Thanks for your book and the thoughtfulness and thoroughness it took to write it. I found it at my local library, looking for Orkneys or anything on Scotland (the land of some of my kin).
Name: Sarah Duce
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Town: Fortrose
Country: United Kingdom
Date: Sat Feb 21 21:29:09 2009
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I was born on Harris, and the Shiants were a welcome sight to a kid who got very seasick on the ferry! My dad used to fish round them and the tales of giant rats still scare me! Going up next week so will give them a wave. Sarah.
Name: Bart Hobson
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Town: Wausau
Country: USA
Date: Tue Feb 17 03:24:12 2009
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The online bookseller Alibris recommended your book after I ordered a copy of "A Childhood in Scotland" by Christian Miller. That had long been one of my favorite books and now that I have little children afraid of ghosts, I reacquired it because Ms. Miller speaks so calmly of living with the ghosts of her ancestors. Your book has some of the same sense of growing up in a different world (different to me, of course, while home to you, although I gather you have always been a bit of a stranger at least to some of the Scots). I had heard of you during the period of my life when I spent all my free time sailing (before the little children). I appreciate your depicting islands as a feature of the sea. Island life here on the Great Lakes is not so different (I know a man who owns an island on Lake Superior and have recommended your book to him.) It's a wonderful thing to be attached to the land. We Americans tend to move around a lot, for good or ill, myself as much any any, but learning to feel the heart of a landscape is important if one is to become a steward instead of an exploiter. I thought often of John McPhee while reading your book. And of John Muir, who grew up Wisconsin before heading to California. In the time I have lived in Wisconsin, the bald eagle has strongly recovered and now even nests in our city limits. I hope the sea eagle can likewise revive. I hope some day to make it to Scotland. Among other things, I now yearn to know which castle was Ms. Miller's family home (she carefully does not say) and, now being acquainted with the Shiant Isles, perhaps to visit there. Thank you for your enchanting book, Bart Hobson
Name: David B. Bartley
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Town: Indianapolis, IN
Country: USA
Date: Fri Feb 6 22:11:31 2009
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Dear Adam, This message is long overdue. I finished reading Sea Room a few months before the date in which you had planned to 'will' the islands over to your son. It's been a while since then, and I've been meaning to tell you how much I enjoyed the book -- on so many levels (nature, history, location, etc.). My wife and I visited Scotland, including Skye and Orkney, in 1997. Hope to someday return and visit the Hebrides. Kind Regards, David
Name: Theo J. M. Vestjens
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Town: Groningen
Country: Netherlands
Date: Mon Jan 26 20:59:54 2009
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I like the book Zeezicht leven op een onbewoond eiland a lot. Thanks
Name: David Shipway
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Town: Cortes Island, British Columbia
Country: Canada
Date: Sun Jan 18 07:54:31 2009
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Thoroughly enjoying Sea Room now, after reading Seamanship this winter by the fire, with a wee bit of good scotch, when working on the boat I'm rebuilding to get about the many small islands here in B.C. was just to difficult or chilly to contemplate.
Name: Geoff Kirkham
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Town: Arnside
Country: Cumbria
Date: Tue Dec 30 20:21:16 2008
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What a wonderful book, Sea Room, read it in 2 weeks! Must visit soon. Have spent some time on Rum, Shiant next!! Thanks Adam for genourously sharing those wonderful isles and stories with us. Hope Tom enjoys them as you have. Geoff
Name: Jane Barff
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Town: Slaithwaite
Country: W Yorkshire
Date: Tue Dec 23 13:33:31 2008
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A lovely, lovely book, so beautifully written. I enjoyed it hugely.
Name: theun de jong
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Town: Medemblik
Country: The Netherlands
Date: Tue Dec 9 09:33:51 2008
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Got the Dutch version of the book on dec. 6th (Sinterklaas). Now, dec.9th. I almost finished it. What an opportunity to learn more about nature, geology and history of this part of Scotland. Visited the outer Hebrides a couple of years ago and I'm glad to learn more by this wonderful book.
Name: Nick Spurling
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Town: Berkhamsted
Country: UK
Date: Tue Nov 18 00:46:15 2008
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Just a line or two to say many thanks for the truly poetic gem of a book, Sea Room which I read very slowly as I didn't want to finish it. Hopefully will visit the Shiant Iles some day.Meanwhile must read all your other books!
Name: Walt McCarthy
E-Mail: waltmcc1_AT_prodigy_DoT_net
Town: Long Lake, Minnesota
Country: U.S.A.
Date: Mon Oct 20 14:22:58 2008
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My wife and I have been visiting Scotland each year for a long time, and we always spend our last week on Islay. We heard about the Shiants there. Then I read the book and want to know more about the digs that are going on. I notice the next entry is from another McCarthy-no relation that I know of--but she might be able to find the islands on GoogleEarth. I am going to try it next. Walt McCarthy.
Name: Susan McCarthy
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Town: Terre Haute, Indiana
Country: USA
Date: Fri Sep 12 14:33:34 2008
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Now I looked at your map and see the Islands are West of the North End of Scotland. (I don't know why my Atlas gave me map references in the North Sea.)
Name: Susan McCarthy
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Town: Terre Haute, Indiana
Country: USA
Date: Fri Sep 12 14:22:06 2008
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Our senior citizen center book club chose to read "Sea Room" for this month. I am trying to get a visual image of where the islands are in relation to Scotland. My Atlas seems to show them closer to England than Scotland? Thank you for your book. I was impressed how much you could enjoy nature. Then last night I heard a lecture on gratefulness and plan to look at our own nature with gratefulness. I believe it will bring me closer to your deep appreciation of nature. Thank you for your wonderful book. Susan McCarthy
Name: Caroline Jones
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Town: Lea Bridge
Country: England
Date: Wed Aug 20 20:29:33 2008
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I'm reading "Sea Room" and have just finished the chapter about the puffins. We've heard a lot about puffin populations in the UK declining in the past couple of years. I wondered how the population there is faring? Best wishes, Caroline
Name: Jane & Paul Prince
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Town: Staffordshire Moorlands
Country: England
Date: Sat Aug 16 15:34:43 2008
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We visited the islands on 5th June 2008 with Hebridean Whale Cruises in their RHIB boat from Gairloch. We saw dozens of different bird types, as well as harbour porpoise, seal, minke whale and common dolphin. Exciting boat trip to beautiful and fascinating islands.
Name: Tom and Mairi Fuller
E-Mail: tommfuller at gmail dot com
Town: Aberdeenshire
Country: UK
Date: Sat Aug 2 10:09:00 2008
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We visited the Shiants on the 31st July on our honeymoon (and Mairi's birthday!) having read Sea Room. We visited by RIB from Staffin, and saw two basking sharks and porpoises as well as a huge school of mackerel and sea birds beyond count. We had lunch by the cairn on Eilean an Tighe. An absolutely stunning day - thank you!
Name: Roger Barfoot
E-Mail: rogerbarfoot_AT_btinternet_DoT_com
Town: Basingstoke
Country: England
Date: Fri Aug 1 18:51:37 2008
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Have just finished reading 'Sea Room'It made me feel that I have stayed on the Shiants,thankyou for the wonderful journey A beautiful poetic story of those lovely proud Isle. Long may stay that way.
Name: John Weir
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Town: Southampton, Ontario
Country: Canada
Date: Mon Jul 28 14:23:08 2008
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Captivating book. Mysterious and enlightening. Makes me want to visit, maybe someday. Currently reading a history of Lewis lent to me by Annie MacIver previous registrar for Lewis (1950's 60's)
Name: Lynn Robinson
E-Mail: lynnr23_AT_googlemail_DoT_com
Town: Dundee
Country: Scotland
Date: Sun Jul 27 12:44:25 2008
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I've just returned from my first visit to Gairloch where I went on on a whale watching cruise. It was while booking the cruise I first found out about the Shiant Islands. I bought 'Sea Room' in Gairloch, it's an absolutely amazing book and I cant wait to return there to take the Hebridean Cruise round the Shiants!!
Name: Alexander F. Wilson
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Town: Phoenix, Maryland
Country: USA
Date: Thu Jul 10 04:50:16 2008
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Sea Room was one of the most beautifully written books I've ever come across. Thank you Adam Nicolson for hours of sheer poetry!
Name: Ann Harthill
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Town: Dundee
Country: UK
Date: Fri Jun 27 04:25:04 2008
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I visited the Shiants on 21 June with The Island Book Trust and loved it. Normally a very buttoned up person, I found it emotionally overwhelming. Brought up on the island of Lewis, we used to see the Shiants from the steamer 'Loch Seaforth' as we sailed back from school holidays on the mainland. My father would point out the uninhabited 'enchanted' islands; so there was always an air of magic about them. It was wonderful to land there at last. I loved being so close to the puffins too. They are just so solemnly funny. The only sad thing is I've lost my copy of Sea Room to my sister who is now reading it avidly. I've just had to order another as I was half way through a re-read. Thank you so much to Tom for giving permission for the visit and to both for the talk and guiding
Name: hannah phillips
E-Mail: hannahaha15_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Town: crediton
Country: devon
Date: Sun Jun 15 22:40:55 2008
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i visited the shiants last week on a boat trip- we didnt touch land but pottered about taking pics of the birds from a small rubber motorised boat. Wild, amazing, noisy...got some great pics of fulmar landing on water and puffins clumsily taking off. thinking of seeing if a wild and windy stay would be possible..... thanks alot.
Name: Susan Lesley Dantinnes
E-Mail: itszanys_AT_gmail_DoT_com
Town: Lemreway
Country: Scotland
Date: Sun Jun 15 12:31:39 2008
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We moved to Lemreway a couple of months ago and love it.Every time we come home on the descent into the village we can see the Shiants and sometimes it seems as though we can touch them they appear to be so close. We can't wait until the 21st June as we are booked on the boat trip from Lemreway to the Shiants with a talk given by Adam beforehand in the Marine Harvest shed.Hopefully good weather shall prevail and we shall be able to walk on the islands.Can't wait !!
Name: Alex
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Town: Harare
Country: Zimbabwe
Date: Mon Jun 2 18:21:55 2008
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Enthralled by your coverage and descriptions. Got lovely pics of puffins out of Wiki. As I was trained as an aero eng. can see immediately that they have wing-loading problems - reminded me of the GeeBee!
Name: elizabeth Colvin
E-Mail: lizcolvin_AT_waitrose_DoT_com
Town: Andover
Country: england
Date: Tue May 20 22:39:11 2008
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Having heard you at Cambridge last September I have been enjoying your books. Have now read Searoom. So glad I can read about it and not have to go there, book glorious but am quite sure that the olive oil and whickey would run out too soon. Not even the idea of all the lobsters can tempt me.
Name: Ruud Ravenhorst
E-Mail: rravenh AT xs4all dot nl
Town: Haarlem/NH
Country: Netherlands
Date: Mon May 5 19:25:37 2008
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Visited the Shiants with a boat from Gairloch. Great!
Name: Regina M. Belt
E-Mail: regbel_AT_msn_DoT_com
Town: Crystal Lake
Country: United States of America
Date: Thu Apr 17 21:56:58 2008
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I will be returning to Harris this summer; it\'s a place of special joy and peace for me......the Shiants were pointed out to me from the ferry and I am delighted that I found this site and know more about them. I intend to go purchase Sea Room now. May life continue on the Shiants as you describe!
Name: Bob Somers
E-Mail: bob_DoT_somers_AT_btopenworld_DoT_com
Town: Tottenham
Country: UK
Date: Fri Apr 11 14:06:28 2008
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I\'m 50% through reading your book slowly as I don\'t want to miss anything! It\'s a great read and fascinating history.
Name: Michelle Howe
E-Mail: michelle_DoT_howe_AT_xtra_DoT_co_DoT_nz
Town: Maketu, Bay of Plenty
Country: New Zealand
Date: Mon Mar 24 03:14:13 2008
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Thank you for \"Sea Room\" I live on an estuary looking out to sea on the east coast of New Zealand and your book confirmed for me the joys of such a life where the tides, migratory bird life and the sound of the waves are a balme to the soul. Your book transported me to your own islands and reminded me of my Scottish and Manx heritage- the pull making me want to travel back there again
Name: Julia Best
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Date: Fri Feb 22 22:40:00 2008
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Dear Adam, Hello. I am a third year archaeology student at cardiff university, and am currently analysing the bird bone remains from the SHIP excavations for my dissertation. I was not sure how best to contact you so I thought I would try here first. I was wondering whether it would be possible for me to use some of the information on this website as introductory material for my final dissertation and for a display poster I am producing for the department? All information would of course be referenced and acknowledged in the documents. The more work I do the more I fall in love with these beautiful Islands. :) Thanks for your time Julia
Name: John Arthur
E-Mail: aqod50_AT_dsl_DoT_pipex_DoT_com
Town: London
Country: UK
Date: Tue Feb 19 17:19:26 2008
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I am 87, and housebound. I\'ve done quite a lot in my time! For me \"Sea Room\" was an escape. I loved it. Have you time to produce a newsletter to bring us up to date? As a result of reading your book I read your father\'s \"Portrait of a Marriage\" and am now starting \"Seize the Fire\". The nearest I ever got to the Shiants was when I was serving in the Royal Navy. After escorting an Atlantic convoy and before returning to base we would check on our weapons, and go fishing in the Minches with depth charges. A long time ago.
Name: Bill Smith
E-Mail: billsmith49_AT_earthlink_DoT_net
Town: Plainfield, Indiana
Country: USA
Date: Sun Feb 3 21:00:38 2008
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading \"Sea Room\" as well as \"Seize the Fire\". My wife and I are planning another trip to Scotland and if time allows we would like to visit Harris/Lewis. On the ferry from Skye, what is the chance (just a guess, I know) that we can see the Shiants on our ferry trip? Is there a specific ferry trip we should take that would be closer to the Shiants and allow at least a look at them as we go or come? Thanks.
Name: mary lou bethune
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Town: Hillsborough, North Carolina
Country: USA
Date: Fri Jan 25 18:10:06 2008
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Dear Adam, I wrote before quoting Virginia Woolf to you and praising your Sea Room. I will quote again \" the country is like a convent; the soul rises to the top\". I am sure that your island is that to you. I wonder if you gave the island to your son when he reached 21? Did he want it? Write some more- and read The Water in Between by Keven Patterson- a philosphical sailor doctor Mary Lou Bethune
Name: Catriona Graham
E-Mail: catrionadgraham_AT_gmail_DoT_com
Town: Llanfair Caereinion
Country: Wales
Date: Wed Jan 23 10:46:33 2008
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Apart from being a great read which allows the reader to join you on the Shiants, I am finding it really interesting as my grandfather was a Stewart from Stornoway and his father from Kilmory in Arran, so island people who made their living from the land and sea. I can imagine their life better now, in all its harshness and also peace and beauty. I think that the Minch is a natural limiter of what we all fear, an excess of visitors who are not of the adventurous doughty and considerate sort!Catriona
Name: Gerald MacAlpine
E-Mail: gmacalpine_AT_ns_DoT_sympatico_DoT_ca
Town: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Country: Canada
Date: Fri Jan 18 00:59:40 2008
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Just finished reading the book and enjoyed it all. The mention of \"lazy beds\" brought back memories of helping my father make his when he was planting potatoes in wet ground. How they got the \"lazy\" name, I don\'t know because it is one tough way to plant a garden. I have always had an interest in Scotland and have visited parts of it when I was in the navy, actually my first foreign port was Lamlash! My grandmother was a Morrison but her branch of the clan was from Durness and her grandfather came from there in 1827. I also have the book, \"Seize the Fire\" which I haven\'t got to read yet.
Name: Esme Boone
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Town: Kenora, Ontario
Country: Canada
Date: Tue Jan 15 01:30:26 2008
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I live in Canada, and have visited the Hebrides four times in five years (Lewis mainly). A friend, knowing how I love this place, gave me The Sea Room for Christmas. I am still reading (and loving) it. I was looking for some good pictures of it as the photos in the book don\'t have any explanations beside them. I love Ann Bowkes\' photos, they really make one feel that one has been there. Thank you Ann Thank you for the book Mr Nicolson
Name: Barry Greenwood
E-Mail: barry_DoT_d_DoT_greenwood_AT_btinternet_DoT_com
Town: Cullingworth, West Yorkshire
Country: England
Date: Thu Dec 27 12:52:39 2007
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I first saw your islands from the deck of HMS Glasgow in the 50\'s, bound for Invergordon. Fascinated by them at the time and since during trips to Lewis. I enjoyed your book very much indeed.
Name: Tim
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Town: Buckhaven
Country: Scotland
Date: Thu Dec 27 12:12:47 2007
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Had this book for ages and its still one of my favourites, one day Ill visit the islands and I\'ll be taking this book with me
Name: andrew preston
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Town: rozelle
Country: australia
Date: Sun Dec 23 05:44:06 2007
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Thankyou for \"Sea Room\"
Name: John Sayles
E-Mail: JWSAYL_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Town: Poland Spring, Maine
Country: USA
Date: Tue Dec 4 20:59:16 2007
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Greetings! I finished reading \"Sea Room\" earlier today and decided to check out the website out of a desire to prolong the Shiant experience just a little longer. Well done...I especially enjoyed Ann Bowker\'s photos of her visit. Adam, I loved your book and can think of only one question: Did you ever locate the William Norrie photos...or any photos for that matter...of the Campbell family? Thank you and good luck!
Name: Jack Street
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Town: Sheffield
Country: England
Date: Sun Nov 18 21:18:33 2007
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Hi I saw you on tv and just thought about looking at the Shiant Is ,very interesting as I am an Ornithologist and Bird ringer maybe I can visit one day Jack
Name: Geza Gaspardy
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Town: Milton, Ontario
Country: Canada
Date: Thu Nov 8 15:02:49 2007
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I searched Shiants on Google and found a place marker for this site. What a delight to find this web site and dream of the possibility of visiting these islands! I am less than half way into \"Sea Room\" and have difficulty putting it down each night before sleep. Splendid! Thank you Mr. Nicholson. Geza
Name: Amanda Dawe
E-Mail: wedgeisland_DoT_com_DoT_au
Town: via lancelin
Country: Western Australia
Date: Wed Nov 7 09:06:41 2007
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Just finished your book, I struggled on and off, sped through some bits, skipped some, and was carried away by other bits, to me it was a little disjointed and was left with the thought that you had heaps more to say, but bit your tongue, got to the end and I got it! I suppose its a guy thing though, size!!! If you own a little plot, an acre or an Island or two its not the size that matters its what you do with it! And I think you can be proud of what you are doing with your \"bit\' We love our little island that we live adjacent to and the family have fished here for 30 years and our children and grandchildren now see it everyday and thats nice...something continuing....
Name: John Simpson
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Town: Framlingham
Country: England
Date: Sun Oct 28 19:57:02 2007
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A wonderful book, leaving me with more to ponder than many on more pretentious themes. (Ex-Navy - first winter of the war in Sullom Voe in the Shetlands, next two at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys ...)
Name: Rob Thomas
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Town: Richmond, VA
Country: USA
Date: Fri Oct 12 05:37:52 2007
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Am reading Seamanship (or sea, man, ship). Great writing! Being of Welsh, Irish, Scots and English descent, I best get over there and have a look before too long. An avid sailor, I have been thinking to do a tour round Ireland of the lighthouses and lightships referenced on the Commissioner of Irish Lights website. By sea of course. Anyone interested?
Name: William Smiton
E-Mail: notimsw_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Town: Ballyclare
Country: Co Antrim, N Ireland.
Date: Tue Oct 2 12:58:09 2007
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I bought \"Sea Room\" on a visit to Skye in July and found it to be one of the best researched and interesting books I have read and one which engaged with my love of islands and wildlife as well as encompassing a strong sense of history. Found your site after doing an internet search so still learning about the islands which incidentaly featured briefly on the TV series \"Coast\" Now have an ambition to visit as soon as possible.
Name: SUSAN WALTER
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Town: schenectady new york state
Country: usa
Date: Sun Sep 30 19:17:06 2007
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Dear Mr. Nicolson, Once again I\'ve been able to visit your beloved Shaints via \"cyber-trip.\" Have read Sea Room,as has my husband, we\'ve visited Scotland, Skye, Harris and Lewis, and I gazed happily upon your islands in 2004. Today, it was a new thrill to review the archeological findings. So very happy you have ongoing funding. A very deeply felt \"Thank you \" for sharing the findings here! It may interest you to know, I sit in upstate new York, beside a window overlooking my backyard, where there are many red flowers, inspired by your wife Sarah\'s books. I wish you well, always. Susan
Name: Sheila Harrington
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Town: Hobart
Country: Tasmania, Australia
Date: Sat Sep 29 06:43:07 2007
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I have never really gotten the Shiant Isands out of my mind since reading Sea Room. I love to think of them often and imagine being there.
Name: john lehman
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Town: Springfield, Virginia
Country: USA
Date: Thu Sep 27 21:50:09 2007
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I just sent this message to a friend of mine who loves islands: You will love this book, Jim. Guaranteed, or money back! It is the most unbelievably articulate book about his experiences in the Shiants--a combination of facts and ideas--about the \"inherent sanctity\" of islands, his attempts to \"dig out\" literally the islands\' past, the wild weather and seas, the beauty of the wildflowers, the birds, the views, and most of all of the solitary life there, without all the noise of civilization. His sense of living where people have lived for thousands of year, but now are gone--who were these people, what was their life like? I am very familiar with this part of the world, and to a lesser extent you are too, but you in particular are drawn to islands(now I am too!). He talks about things or ideas we may have missed in our wanderings, or accentuates thoughts we may have just started to think about. Sea currents, religious life, shipwrecks, life on the bigger islands of Lewis and Harris (where we went together in 1994 I believe). He breathes life and drama into every rock, every discovery, every season, and especially what it means metephysically, philosophically to be on an island, (e.g., life surrounded by a sea of death). His erudition, literary style, enthusiasm about just what you love will enchant you. And I\'m not yet halfway through the book. Even if you never go there, you\'ll feel like you have. Is it possible to visit these islands? I travel in Britain every year, especially in Wester Ross, Sutherland, and the Western Isles and Northern Isles and am familair with many of the book\'s references--but have never even seen the Shiants. Thanks. John Lehman
Name: Tim Lodge
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Town: Bray
Country: UK
Date: Tue Sep 4 17:08:59 2007
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Name: Tim Lodge
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Town: Bray
Country: UK
Date: Tue Sep 4 17:07:46 2007
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Just starting a fresh page in the guest book. To see entries earlier than 24 August 2007, please follow the link above the guest book form.