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Monty Halls' Great Escape: Beachcomber Cottage

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  41 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Former Royal Marine Monty Halls recreates the simple life of a crofter on the west coast of Scotland, living off the land, raising sheep, pigs and cattle, and growing his own vegetables. It’s a life-changing, survival story set against the most dramatic landscape in Europe.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by BBC Books (first published March 5th 2009)
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Aug 30, 2009 Ken rated it really liked it
A great book for me as we love Scotland and the principals behind his project. I could relate to many of the issues he had to deal with and am familiar with many of the places he visited, even the Inn Pin, which I climbed in very similar weather. The project was inspired by Gavin Maxwell’s book Ring of Bright Water which was based at Sandaig a little south of Applecross on west coast mainland Scotland. A book of which I am a recent fan. My wife went to a talk Monty gave this summer in which she ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Johnpingham rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
Upper class former Marine, backed by the BBC, restores a remote bothy to live the life of a west coast crofter.
No real detail of him living independently off the land, more focused on the community, people he meets and wildlife he encounters diving off his boat. Whilst some if these accounts are quite engaging, it kind of reads more like a six month jolly rather than a challenging adventure.
Mar 14, 2015 Keith711 rated it it was amazing
interesting and funny read
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May 02, 2011 Martin Sidgreaves rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
Having watched Monty's series on BBC I was keen to read the book which didn't disappoint. Monty's style of writing is nice and easy to read and he conveys the wonderful feeling of that part of Scotland very well in the book.

Having been to Applecross and even visited his Bothy at Sand Bay, it was great to read the book and be able to picture the scenes as he describes them.

If you want a nice `feel-good' read, this is a great book.... I guarantee you'll want to visit Applecross & Skye once y
Feb 11, 2010 Rod rated it really liked it
An engaging account of the writer's stay in a renovated crofter's barn near Applecross on the Scottish west coast. Having seen the TV series and visited the place gave special meaning to the book, but it did grate that he used the word span as the past tense of spin and one of his statistics was so amusingly wrong I intend to send it to New Scientist for their back page!
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Aug 12, 2009 The Matriarch Ling rated it really liked it
An interesting tale of adventures while crofting on the Isle of skye in Scotland. Animals figure laarge in his tales as well as his personal challenges.
Apr 14, 2013 Lorraine rated it it was amazing
excellent escapism enjoyed this well written book. it would have been interesting to see how he would have coped in the winter
Apr 30, 2010 Jacqui rated it liked it
a shame it was only six months, would have been interesting to see how he coped with a winter.
Jan 12, 2011 Louise rated it really liked it
lovely story lovely man
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