by Charles MacLean - £9.99 Cannongate (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781841957555 | ISBN 10: 1841957550
For more than 2000 years the people of St Kilda remained remote from the world. Its society was viable, even utopian; but in the nineteenth century the island was discovered by missionaries, do-gooders and tourists, who brought money, disease and depotism. St Kilda culture gradually disintegrated and in 1930 the few remaining islanders asked to be evacuated.
The destruction of the St Kildan culture is a microcosm of a process which is still taking place, often on a much larger scale, all over the world. Island on the Edge of the World is a moving account of human endeavour, of success and failure in the unending struggle between man and nature for coexistance.
"Charles Maclean is an excellent writer...he describes the story of St Kilda with powerful compassion"
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