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Orkney by Howie Firth.

On the edge of Britain, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North sea, lie the Orkney Islands, renowned for their seascapes and wildlife, and the continuity of community life for more than five thousand years.

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It is an ancient land; fossils millions of year old have been found on the islands, Orkney's archaeology has World heritage status with its stone circles, chambers and various other historical wonders. Six centuries of Norse rule have left an imprint on the language and culture. More recently the strategic position of the naval anchorage at Scapa Flow gave the islands a key role in two world wars. Today innovative local companies are harnessing the power of wind, wave and tide to give Orkney a lead in the green economy of the future.

This major work brings together every aspect of Orkney, looking afresh at traditional topics and bringing to the fore new developments and insights. Picts and Vikings, shipwrecks and sea monsters - all are reassessed in a highly readable way.


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