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Chris Spencer

I am untrained in Geology but a regular visitor to the North West Highlands. The refreshing personal style of your book has illuminated much of the areas history for me.Thankyou. Your comments on the rapid warming at the end of the Younger Dryas discount the lessons of the feedbacks which must have been involved.For alternative lessons from this see "The Last Generation" by Fred Pearce. (Don't be influenced by the title-its meaning is not the obvious one)
Sun, 6 Apr 2008 - 10:52:41 am


Well I'm only on chapter two, but it's a lovely book thus far. The explanation of the sub Torridonian unconformity and the Moine thrust are impressively clear, and you really bring alive the geology, the landscape and the people who worked to understand it. I've noticed a few minor errors and inaccuracies here and there, but then I am particularly pedantic :-) All in all, definitely a 10/10 must read for anybody interested in geology generally, and Scottish geology in particular.
Thu, 6 Mar 2008 - 10:32:29 pm


I thoroughly enjoyed your book but was unhappy to discover, in the closing pages, that my purchase of this book had contributed to anti-windfarm action groups. Should the fact that:- in buying this book you will "help to support any particular cause!" not be clearly noted on the front cover.
Sat, 1 Mar 2008 - 8:37:24 pm

john hutton

I am missing the point, why arse Thanks John
Fri, 22 Feb 2008 - 8:56:57 am


Wonderful book with excellent turns of phrase and insights into our world - both ancient and modern. My wife and I visited Stoer recently to find the Gneiss/Sandstone unconformity - I'm still tingling at the enormous time scales involved. You also introduced us to one of the most beautiful roads in the UK - from Kylesku to Stoer via Nedd (we stay in Glasgow so we had a good laugh at that name!)
Tue, 13 Nov 2007 - 12:34:58 pm