Seasons on Harris: A Year in Scotland's Outer Hebrides

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The Outer Hebrides of Scotland epitomize the evocative beauty and remoteness of island life. The most dramatic of all the Hebrides is Harris, a tiny island formed from the oldest rocks on earth, a breathtaking landscape of soaring mountains, wild lunarlike moors, and vast Caribbean-hued beaches. This is where local crofters weave the legendary Harris Tweed—a hardy cloth reflecting the strength, durability, and integrity of the life there.

In Seasons on Harris, David Yeadon, "one of our best travel writers" (The Bloomsbury Review), captures, through elegant words and line drawings, life on Harris—the people, their folkways and humor, and their centuries-old Norse and Celtic traditions of crofting and fishing. Here Gaelic is still spoken in its purest form, music and poetry ceilidh evenings flourish in the local pubs, and Sabbath Sundays are observed with Calvinistic strictness. Yeadon's book makes us care deeply about these proud islanders, their folklore, their history, their challenges, and the imperiled future of their traditional island life and beloved tweed.

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“A delightful book.” (Associated Press)

“It’s a pleasure to travel with him.” (Washington Post)

“Yeadon is one of our best travel writers.” (Bloomsbury Review)

“Yeadon leaves you pleasantly stuffed, slightly intoxicated and feeling warmer for the company.” (Kathy Balog, USA Today)

“Wonderful account” (June Sawyers, Philadelphia Inquirer)

“This is a true traveler…who can make the most innocent encounter a memorable experience.” (Ann Geracimos, Washington Times)

“One of the best travel writers in the world.” (Dolores Derrickson, Rocky Mountain News)

“Leave it to Yeadon to choose one of the country’s most overlooked provinces.” (Pamela Paul, New York Times)

“Delightful, with the odd twist to eerie.” (Paul Carbray, The Gazette (Montreal))

“A warm welcome to a balcony view of Aliano.” (Albany Times Union)

“A compelling book...that comes close to re-creating the place and the man.” (David Citino, Columbus Dispatch)

About the Author:

David Yeadon is the author of Seasons in Basilicata and the bestselling National Geographic Guide to the World's Secret Places. He has written, illustrated, and designed more than twenty books about traveling around the world. He lives with his wife, Anne, in Mohegan Lake, New York.

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