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Riddoch on the Outer Hebrides
Riddoch on the Outer Hebrides is a thought-provoking commentary based on broadcaster Lesley Riddoch's cycle journey through a beautiful island chain facing seismic cultural and economic change. Her experience is described in a typically affectionate but hard-hitting style; with humour, anecdote and a growing sympathy for islanders tired of living at the margins but fearful of closer contact with mainland Scotland.
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... the same charm that great orators and generals have demonstrated, the kind of charm that Wallace and De Moray led the armies with, the kind of sweet-talk that could persuade Inuits to buy freezers.
- THE STORNOWAY GAZETTE
Congratulations on a thoughtful, timely and wonderfully contentious commentary on Scotland's dysfunctional relationship with 21st century Gaeldom. It is well informed, well observed, provocative, hard-headed, wrong-headed and inspired in equal measure and opens up a whole new level of engagement with 'the Gaelic issue'.
- Malcom Maclean, Gaelic Arts Agency
Let's be proud of standing on the outer edge of a crazy mainstream world - When the centre collapses, the periphery becomes central.
- Alistair McIntosh
Chatty without being oppressive and informed without being lecturing, Riddoch's style nicely brings home the beauty of the islands and the charm of those who live there.
- THE HERALD