Life Of The Man Who Wrote Ring Of Bright Water This Is The First Full Length Biography Of Gavin Maxwell A Tour De Force, As Evocative Of The Places And Creatures In Maxwell S Life As Of The Man Himself Never Had The Simple Life Been Pursued By So Complicated A Character Grandson Of The Duke Of Northumberland, Maxwell Never Knew His Father, Killed In Battle InThe Year Of His BirthHis Childhood Spent At The Isolated Scottish ☆ read Ò Gavin Maxwell by Douglas Botting Ò Ancestral Home Of Elrig And His Wartime Training SOE Agents In Survival Techniques He Later Took Up Shark Hunting On The Hebridean Isle Of Soay The Subject Of His First Book, Harpoon At A Venture It Was The Explorer Wildfred Thesiger Who Introduced Maxwell To Otters In The Tigris Marshes Of Iraq Ring Of Bright Water, His Classic Account Of Life With Otters Brought Him Worldwide Fame As An Outstanding Writer And A Latter Day Eccentric Int He Grand MannerThe Book Is Illustrated With Maps And Photographs

Douglas Botting is an excellent biographer, helped by the fact that he was a close friend of Maxwells His early life growing up in the Scottish highlands and his WW2 SAS service later shark hunting ventures prove him to be a talented and formidable force A shame Maxwell s estate put a block on some parts of Maxwell s life eg his homosexuality and bipolar disorder were only marginally mentioned which gives a rather lopsided view of his relationships, namely those of Kathleen Rain and his wife Lavinia figurepredominately and of his relationships with animals and conservation The omission of details of his homosexuality and biopolar condition make it hard to understand the man in some ways, but in other ways only add to the sense than Gavin Maxwell did not fit into the world and was essentially an outsider Maxwell by all accounts was a remarkabl Gavin Maxwell Ï Superb and moving insight into Gavin Maxwell.

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