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Ring of Bright Water (Hardcover)

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Hailed as a masterpiece when it was first published in 1960, 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. And with more than one million copies sold, as well as a beloved film adaption, it stands as a timeless classic.

An evocative, passionate writer, Maxwell journeyed to southern Iraq on an adventure through the reed marshes. There he became captivated by the region’s rollicking otters, eventually bringing one home. Ring of Bright Water is the autobiographical account of Maxwell’s life with what became a trio of beloved pet otters, as well as a chronicle of the pastoral life at Camusfearna, Maxwell’s “kingdom by the sea.” Maxwell’s prose is buoyant, and his sense of wonder is infectious, making it easy to see why the book captured the attention of a nation, while its lessons of love and loyalty continue to resonate with animal-lovers around the world today.

This new edition in celebration of the centennial of Maxwell’s birth adds illustrations from Mark Adlington, whose watercolors are a stirring complement to Maxwell’s luminous writing. Bound in cloth with exquisite details, it will be a beloved addition to the shelves of anyone who has found joy in the animals we invite into our lives.

About the Author

Gavin Maxwell (1914–69) was a naturalist and author. His many books include The Rocks Remain and Raven Seek Thy Brother, sequels to Ring of Bright Water.

Praise For…

“No shelf of nature books would be complete without a volume examining the bond between people and those animal species we have invited into our homes—that rich, reciprocal process of domestication for which the term ‘pet’ seems trivializing. I know no author who writes more satisfyingly about pets than the Scottish writer Gavin Maxwell.”

— Brad Leithauser

Product Details
ISBN: 9781910065099
ISBN-10: 1910065099
Publisher: Unicorn Publishing Group
Publication Date: August 15th, 2014
Pages: 257
Language: English