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@E-pub ⚝ Gavin Maxwell: A Life õ The 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 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 which gives a rather lopsided view of his relationships, namely those of Kathleen Rain and his 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 remarkable man writer though sadly feted with disaster after disaster some of his own making His adventures in the middle east and Morocco are well covered and also his lifelong love of nature efforts to create a conservation zoo on one of the Scottish isles that he purchased It was because of Maxwell s efforts that throughout the world otters have been since studied protected in the wild His book Ring of Bright Water sequel and subsequent film stirred the general public to look at the countryside around them and create a greater interest in ecology His poetry is quoted throughout and there are many obscure facts that delight It was Maxwell who spurred the young Richard Branson Virgin airlines etc on to leave school and create his own business Maxwell s fairly sudden death at age 55 of cancer is described and has the effect of making one think twice before downing another scotch and a cigarette.This edition contains a great many photographs Superb and moving insight into Gavin Maxwell.