A Walk to the Western Isles

A Walk to the Western Isles : After Boswell and Johnson

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This travel book retraces Samuel Johnson and James Boswell's journey through Scotland and its Western Isles in the autumn of 1773. The book is a walk in the company of these two men, telling in some part the history of Scotland in the 18th century and today, of the people of the Highlands and islands then and now, their history, their whisky distilleries, the Loch Ness monster, their literature and songs, their food and hospitality, their lochs and harbours and sea-sounds - all observed via a stream of anecdotes. Johnson's book "A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland" and Boswell's book "Journal of a Tour of the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson" are compared throughout.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 43.18mm | 725.74g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 32pp colour and 40 b&w illustrations, 3 maps
  • 0246137452
  • 9780246137456

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In the autumn of 1773, Johnson and Boswell undertook their epic walking tour of Scotland. Frank Delaney set out to follow in their footsteps. With a fresh eye and his own 'rattlebag mind', he traces 'literature's most famous double-act', from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and across to Loch Ness, then out to Skye, Raasay and Mull. (Kirkus UK)show more

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