Professor Chris Whatley, OBE, FRSE, is a well-known and widely published Scottish historian.
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An Island Odyssey
The tiny diamond-shaped island of Pabay lies in Skye’s Inner Sound, just two and a half miles from the bustling village of Broadford. One of five Hebridean islands of that name, it derives from the Norse papa-ey, meaning ‘island of the priest’.
“An island history almost without comparison… one of the finest Highland books of the 21st Century… There has, to my knowledge, never before been one devoted entirely to the tiny Pabay in Bradford Bay. Nor has there been written quite so good a book, on this or any other Scottish subject”
WEST HIGHLAND FREE PRESS
Beautifully written, and presents a richly detailed and fascinating historical narrative. Whatley delves into the island’s past and the people who have made Pabay their home. It’s as much a testimony to how people have shaped the island and how the island has shaped them.
This Odyssey is replete with cases of the past and present colliding, of scandals and skirmishes, pilgrimages and political spats, and it creates a vivid depiction of the many trials, tribulations and joys of island life.
I’m a widely published Scottish historian. I’ve written several serious academic monographs but I also write more accessible work for popular journals and the press. I like to think that I’m a lucid public speaker, worth listening to on Scottish issues.