rymour books independent scottish publisher A Strategy of Mirrors



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Kellan MacInnes really needs to get away. Newly divorced, HIV-positive, flat broke and with a house full of Airbnb guests driving him crazy, he badly needs to find himself again. Inspired by the little-known poet andwild swimming pioneer Brenda G Macrow, who quit London for the Scottish Highlands in the summer of 1946, Kellan takes the night train north.

As he follows in Macrow’s footsteps and sets off in search of the 28 hill lochs that lie within the boundaries of the parish of Kintail, Kellan intertwines Macrow’s life-story with his own, recalling scenes from the past, some funny, some poignant, some shocking.

Far more than a mere travelogue, much more than simply nature writing, The Wild Swimmer of Kintail offers both practical and emotional insight into taking on Scotland’s ultimate high-altitude wild swimming challenge. Laugh-out-loud in some places, painfully honest in others, The Wild Swimmer of Kintail is a bitter-sweet account of a journey through water to self-discovery.

Some reviews of Kellan MacInnes’s award-winning first book, Caleb’s List:

‘…contains some fantastic and beautiful writing’ JOYCE MACMILLAN

‘ …acclaimed mountain memoir’ THE SUNDAY MAIL

‘A tribute to the healing power of the Scottish landscape and to survival against the odds’ THE SCOTSMAN

‘ …a delightful book’ THE SCOTTISH MOUNTAINEER

‘ …a deep and triumphant authorial debut’ THE GREAT OUTDOORS