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The story of one man's search for freedom through sail, his voyage out to St Kilda and his musings on the islanders' sense of freedom.

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A Wild Call: One Man's Voyage in Pursuit of Freedom by Martyn Murray

Martyn Murray was finding modern life, with all its restrictions and controls, suffocating. Following years of soul-searching, his father's death triggered him into opening the old logbooks and charts to retrace the sailing trips they had once shared together. He determined to revisit those waters and bring home the freedom of the seas. Falling in love with an old ketch in Ireland, he bought and restored her enough to sail back to Scotland. Over the next two summers he cruised Scotland's Western Isles, with one goal: to reach St Kilda - the remotest part of the British Isles, 40 miles from the Outer Hebrides. During his cruising he considered the islanders and their sense of freedom - often restricted by absentee landlords and officialdom. He railed against bureaucracy and commercial enterprise restricting the yachtsman's ability to roam free. For parts of his journey he was joined by the beguiling Kyla; a rare, independent spirit who both excited and frustrated Martyn. But much of Martyn's voyaging was undertaken alone, encountering a variety of places, situations and characters along the way. He attempted his long-awaited sail out to St Kilda through the teeth of a storm, believing that achieving this feat would bring him the freedom and clarity that he craved. What he came up against was far more testing and turbulent than the tides and gales of the North Atlantic. As he sailed back to the mainland things fell into place: a sense of achievement in completing the arduous voyage alone, but - most of all - an understanding of who he is, clarity on his relationship with Kyla and a real sense of his own freedom.

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"A Wild Call is one of those all-too-rare books that you just know you are going to remember, a book you can expect to come to mind at odd moments as you encounter the joys and challenges of your own everyday life. It's beautifully written and eminently readable, but what really makes this book special is that it is thought-provoking and inspirational." (Undiscovered Scotland website) "wonderful heart-warming tale, looking at the bonds of family and freedom of adventure... This book is truly a treat for anyone who loves sailing, Scotland, adventure, or just a good story. Highly recommended." (Sailing Today)

About Martyn Murray

Martyn Murray worked in nature conservation, living for many years in the wilds of Africa. He sailed with his father in the Western Isles in his youth. He has also written The Storm Leopard and a bite-sized adaption of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species.

Table of Contents

Preface; PART ONE: 1. Wild Boat Chase, 2. Dog Watch, 3. Did We Mean To Go To Sea?, 4. Fatal Flaw, 5. In the Wake of Saints; PART TWO: 6. Glorious Day of Salvage, 7. The Sea Gypsy, 8. Molio's Cave, 9. Mull of Kintyre, 10. Fiddler's Green, 11. Ring of Bright Bubbles, 12. Stormbound, 13. Wild Mountain Thyme; PART THREE: 14. Cup and Ring, 15. Wolf Island, 16. Isle of The Great Women, 17. Battle of Dreams, 18. The Dark Laird, 19. Piloting a Craft Called Freedom, 20. Flight of the Fulmar, 21. Abode of Ancestors, 22. Running Free

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A Wild Call: One Man's Voyage in Pursuit of Freedom by Martyn Murray
Martyn Murray
Making Waves
Used - Very Good
Fernhurst Books Limited
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