Chucking It All: How Downshifting to a Windswept Scottish Island Did Nothing to Improve My Quality of Life (Maverick Lifestyles)

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Named one of the twelve best travel books of 2009 by Worldhum, Chucking It All exposes the gritty reality behind all those twee bestsellers which extol the joys of sunny rural idylls. With its remorseless true-life account of downshifting to a remote Scottish island, Chucking It All uncovers the frightening realities of relocating to “a magical island lost in the mists of time” as you follow the warts-and-all adventures of urban misanthrope, Max Scratchmann, as he valiantly tries to forge a new life in the windswept Orkney islands, and grumbles his way through unending winters with eighteen-hour nights, nocturnal visits from drunken farmers and booty calls from desperate divorcees. From struggling to fit in as a temporary postman in a wilderness where houses don’t display numbers or names, to attending drunken country ceilidhs with the island singles’ club, or finding himself up to the neck in local politics while performing in the village pantomime, Chucking It All is an urbanite’s nightmare and one of the most hilarious books that you will read this year. Irreverent, sarcastic and bitingly caustic, Chucking It All still manages to be a grudgingly affectionate portrait of rural life through the eyes of a cynical outsider, and is one of the truest accounts of “living the dream” ever published. “Does for downshifting what Lewinsky did for Clinton – only much funnier...”

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Max Scratchmann was born in India in 1956. Brought "home" to Scotland as a small child he hated the cold climate and surgical grey light, and couldn't wait to get back to India again. After university Max tried his hand at numerous jobs from dealing in antiques to selling outsized ladies’ underwear and eventually became a full time freelance illustrator and writer in 1984. He is the author of the acclaimed autobiography, The Last Burrah Sahibs, about his childhood in Bengal, and his book about downshifting in the Scottish Islands, Chucking It All, was named one of the ten best travel books of 2009 by Worldhum. Max now lives and works in Edinburgh, where, amongst other things, he is a popular performance poet. He is the author of three travel books, two books of verse and many short stories

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