Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell

“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

Paperback with flaps | 216 x 156 mm | 224 pages

Illustrated with photographs and line drawings throughout

Cover artwork by Winifred Nicholson


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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.