Non-Fiction

The Wild Places

20 minute blog post – day 2I’m feeling out of sorts this holiday. For the first time in five years, I have not made a summer visit to Tiree and lived the removed tranquility of a remote island: the joy of waking to – at least when the weather is favourable – views over to…

A memoir not to be forgotten

The Times proclaimed it ‘The best memoir by a politician’. It’s far more – a story that needs to be heard.Political memoirs are written and forgotten. After sensational headlines in Sunday newspapers announcing the dirt to be dished, most are consigned to the charity shop pile or to be found in branches of The Works. Not…

Angus McPhee – The Silent Weaver

Photograph of cover of The Silent Weaver

The Silent Weaver: The Extraordinary Life and Work of Angus McPhee – Roger Hutchinson Angus McPhee’s story is remarkable – from the remote Outer Hebridean island of South Uist, he, like so many Gaels before and after him, signed up for the Army. He served in the Lovat Scouts and yet ended the Second World…

Highland Warrior

The start of Calum's Road on Raasay

Calum’s Road by Roger Hutchinson Two summers ago, a wet day on holiday in Scotland led me to stumble upon this deeply moving and widely lauded account of one man’s struggle. It had been the most awful day of weather, of the sort which only those who holiday regularly North of the Border can understand,…