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Lead book review

We must never lose the treasured Orkneys

Fertile fields and spectacular sea stacks are matched by an extraordinarily rich, dramatic history. No wonder the islands have been so celebrated for centuries

13 April 2024

9:00 AM

13 April 2024

9:00 AM

Storm’s Edge: Life, Death and Magic in the Islands of Orkney Peter Marshall

William Collins, pp.550, 25

When, last summer, a group of Orcadians declared they’d like to leave the UK and join Norway, it became clear just how little most of us in the south understand Orkney. Friends who know I go there often ask me where it is (somewhere near the Hebrides?), how many Orkney islands there are, and whether they are mountainous or flat.

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