by Steve Rudd
(2016) 9 in x 6 in, pbk.,
The Isle of Arran, fourteen miles off the west coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde, is known for its combination of scenic grandeur and rugged beauty. With its mountains, burns, and deserted beaches, it has often been called "Scotland in Miniature". Steve Rudd is not known for his rugged beauty, or indeed any beauty, but he has now (including this one) written five books of wry observation based on his travels to, from, and around Arran, in the company of his long-suffering wife and various dogs. With his constant wittering, Steve has often been described as "Bill Bryson with added midgies". Other comments on his work have included "officer, this man is following me everywhere." Seals were seen, kayaks were paddled, dogs were dunked in the briny, and, since his near-permanent encounter with The Grim Reaper in 2010, wheelchairs were wheeled. This book chronicles two trip to Arran over the summer of 2013, but as usual it is as much about the digressions as the island itself.
(Code: 978 1 872438 62 7)
by Steve Rudd
(2010) 9 x 6 in 112pp pbk.,
The final volume in the Arran Diaries trilogy sees the intreprid pair and Tiggy the dog return to Arran, but this time, something nasty is lurking in the shrubbery.
NEWS: customers who are actually ON Arran can buy this book from Johnston's Marine Stores, next to the lifeboat station on the Old Pier at Lamlash