Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell (eBook)
“He took us by the hand to a world most of us had never seen, a world that sets the imagination aloft” John Lister-Kaye
Hailed a masterpiece when it was first published, the story of Gavin Maxwell’s life with otters on the remote west coast of Scotland remains one of the most lyrical, moving descriptions of a man’s relationship with the natural world.
Read the full introduction by John Lister-Kaye
Ebook edition: e-pub, PDF and MOBI (Kindle) files will be downloaded on purchase.
Illustrated with photographs and line drawings throughout
Cover artwork by Winifred Nicholson
This book is also available as Little Toller Nature Classic here
Gavin Maxell was born and raised in Scotland – a childhood he later wrote about in The House of Elrig (1965). After Oxford University and wartime service he bought the Hebridean island of Soay where he tried to establish a commercial shark fishery, an experience described in his first book Harpoon at a Venture (1952). In 1956 he travelled through Iraq with the explorer Wilfred Thesiger, later publishing A Reed Shaken By The Wind (1959), hailed as one of the finest works on Arabian travel. During this trip he encountered the Indian smooth-coated otter: previously unknown to the west, the animal was named after the author, Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli.