Day 972: The Scottish Highlands

Cover for The Scottish HighlandsI will frankly admit here that I am a massive Dorothy Dunnett fan, and as such, I am eager to read anything she wrote. In this case, it’s an homage to the Scottish Highlands that she wrote with her husband Alastair, illustrated by photographer David Paterson. Alastair Dunnett was a journalist, novelist, and man of many talents. Dorothy Dunnett was an internationally known historical novelist and portrait painter.

This book is beautifully written and has gorgeous photographs. It is oddly organized for this type of work, though. The photographs and the text are presented independently, even though some overlap occurs. First, there is a section of text by Dorothy Dunnett, divided into areas of the Highlands. After that, the rest of the book is divided into the same areas, with Alastair’s text followed by Paterson’s photos. No attempt has been made to integrate the two Dunnetts’ text with each other, and little attempt has been made to integrate Alastair’s text with the photos.

A contrast to this book’s approach is James Herriot’s Yorkshire, where Herriot’s text and photos about the same places appear together. It’s almost as if the editors of The Scottish Highlands were putting together three different books. Still, it does make me want to visit the Highlands. Of course, I already wanted to.

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6 thoughts on “Day 972: The Scottish Highlands

  1. Naomi September 20, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    My husband has been (many years ago), but this is one of the places I would love to go!

    • whatmeread September 20, 2016 / 2:59 pm

      Me too! I have been to England and Ireland, but not Scotland.

  2. Helen September 20, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    I’ve been to Scotland many times (I live close to the border) but never as far north as the Highlands. I love Dorothy Dunnett so I’ll have to think about reading this, although the structure of the text and pictures does sound odd.

  3. whatmeread September 20, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    Yes, it was a little disconcerting, but the book was still interesting.

    • whatmeread September 21, 2016 / 10:01 am

      Yes, it’s a lovely book.

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