The Oatmeal Ark: From the Western Isles to a Promised Sea

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‘So polished, so clever, so imaginative, so artful and so innovative…a remarkable, beguiling journey.’ Michael Thompson-Noel, Financial Times

‘We met, my great-grandson and I, more than a century after my death…’

The Reverend Hector Gillean is a ghost. At the start of the last century he built a ship and sailed west from the Hebrides to search for a promised land in the heart of the Canadian wilderness. Two hundred years later his great-grandson retraces the hopeful voyage from Scotland to Nova Scotia, across Canada by water and through three generations of extraordinary family history. A wave-rocked, wind-tossed travel adventure of ghosts and boats ensues. The minister-mariner, a paddle-wheel publisher and a boat-building broadcaster propel their living descendant across the world’s second largest country.

The Oatmeal Ark voyages into the deepest places of the heart, exploring love and hope and loss, and unravels the history of a divided nation whose parts have grown greater than its whole. Its story is at once a record of a remarkable pilgrimage, a fantastical narrative and a glimpse at the universal quest for a better world.

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‘Fizzing with energy and incident… one of the most original and innovative travel books for years.’
Alexander Frater, Observer

‘A fabulous adventure story, wise, witty and never self-indulgent.’
Alberto Manguel

‘Original and fiercely imaginative.’
Tim Heald, Literary Review

From the Back Cover:

'WE MET, MY GREAT-GRANDSON AND I, MORE THAN A CENTURY AFTER MY DEATH…'

The reverend Hector Gillean is a ghost. At the start of the last century he built a ship and sailed west from the Hebrides to search for a promised land in the heart of the Canadian wilderness. Two hundred years later his great-grandson retraces the hopeful voyage from Scotland to nova Scotia, across Canada by water and through three generations of extraordinary family history.

'The Oatmeal Ark' voyages into the deepest places of the heart, exploring love and hope and loss, on a wave-rocked, wind-tossed travel adventure of ghosts and boats. Its story is at once a record of a remarkable pilgrimage, a fantastical narrative and a glimpse at the universal quest for a better world.

'Fizzing with energy and incident… one of the most original and innovative travel books for years.'
ALEXANDER FRATER, 'Observer'

'A fabulous adventure story, wise, witty and never self-indulgent, as if Jack London had – in a fit of absent-mindedness – joined forces with Jane Austen.'
ALBERTO MANGUEL

'Entertaining, lyrical, singing prose; a picaresque adventure'
KALEIDOSCOPE, 'BBC Radio 4'

'Original and fiercely imaginative'
TIM HEALD, 'Literary Review'

'An arresting book, which speaks in a vigorous and original voice'
LUCY HUGHES-HALLETT, 'Sunday Times'

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