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One of those happy chance books. I go to Matlock on a rainy day as a chauffeur. Find Ive left my book at home and pop into the local Oxfam bookshop to take pot luck. Im reading about Scotland at the moment and want to find out about the Western Isles. I know Derek Cooper as the Burgundy voiced presenter of Radio 4s The Food Programme from the seventies and eighties. I discover he knows as much about the Hebrides as he does about claret and venison and is able to express it every bit as pleasurably.A well written account of a place to live and work with much less time for those who come in search of their own idyl and bugger up everybody elses by bringing a guitar and a passion for making crap out of shells, and much much less time for those who use their obscene and ill-gotten wealth to play the landowner at the expense of real people and a real way of life.Perhaps a few years out of date but I havent come across any thing more recent that is anything like as good.