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‘If anyone deserves to be considered a classic writer, Donald S. Murray does’ – Chapman

‘He writes with an inherent understanding of Highland culture, language and way of life’ – The Herald

A beautifully-written evocation of a fascinating and timeless act,’ – Shetland Life 


The Guga Hunters tells the story of the men who voyage to Sula Sgeir each year and the district they hail from, bringing out the full colour of their lives, the humour and drama of their exploits. They speak of the laughter that seasons their time together on Sulasgeir, of the risks and dangers they have faced. It also provides a fascinating insight into the social history of Ness, the culture and way-of-life that lies behind the world of the Guga Hunters, the timeless nature of the hunt, and reveals the hunt’s connections to the traditions of other North Atlantic countries. Told in his district’s poetry and prose, English and – occasionally – Gaelic, Donald S. Murray shows how the spirit of a community is preserved in this most unique of exploits.  


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