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A Walk to the Western Isles: After Boswell and Johnson

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This travel book retraces Samuel Johnson and James Boswell's journey through Scotland and its Western Isles in the autumn of 1773. The book tells in some part the history of Scotland in the 18th century and today, of the people of the Highlands and islands then and now, their history, their whisky distilleries, the Loch Ness monster, their literature and songs, their food ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published August 22nd 1994)
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Gerry
Nov 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you heard the one about the Englishman, the Irishman and the Scotsman? No? Well here it is.

Irishman Frank Delaney takes a 20th Century walk in the footsteps of Englishman Samuel Johnson and Scotsman James Boswell. The result is an entertaining book that faithfully follows the trailblazers' footsteps, albeit with differences where necessary.

Delaney captures Ursa Major and his faithful biographer at each of their ports of call where they meet interesting personalities such as an ageing Flor
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Conrad
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Frank Delaney is a gifted story-teller so when he decided to follow the footsteps of Boswell and Johnson on their Scottish trek. The reader could be assured of an entertaining account of the journey. It appears that Delaney took both Boswell and Johnson's accounts with him and read them as he progressed along their route. While he does give some information regarding his own journey, he spends most of his time recounting the adventures of the famous duo. If you don't want to spend the time readi ...more
Diane Meier
May 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful non-fiction! One of my all time favorite books -- Frank Delaney walks the walk of his beloved Sam Johnson as he travels the Western Isles -- mostly on foot -- and finds the same crags and overlooks, but even more stunning, the same inns -- and, we might suspect, the progeny of the very folk who welcomed or fed or spoke to Boswell and Johnson as they made their own way, noting the lives and language of the people, a few centuries earlier.

This book is lively and witty and full of good c
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scarlettraces
Problematic, in that it wasn't really a travel book - I came away with a less than clear view of Delaney's travels - or a work of scholarship. Ended up feeling that I might just as well have read the originals. (One day!)
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Frank Delaney was an author, a broadcaster on both television and radio, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, lecturer, and a judge of many literary prizes. Delaney interviewed more than 3,500 of the world's most important writers. NPR called him 'The Most Eloquent Man in the World'. Delaney was born and raised in County Tipperary, Ireland, spent more than twenty-five years in England before movi ...more