Winds of Change

Winds of Change

by Michael James

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 04/12/2013

Shetland: Britain's most northerly outpost. A land of Bronze Age Man, the Vikings, the Scottish merchant-lairds. But what of the future? It is May 3013. Nathan Dei, ornithologist, photographer, philosopher and reluctant political animal, gets embroiled in the debate on Scottish independence. The vote is more than a year away, and already he's sick of the whole thing. But living in Shetland, it's hard to escape. In between his birding expeditions, he starts to think how his adopted home should navigate this shake-up. What would be the best outcome? There is North Sea oil, of course, but that's less than half the story. His father was a member of the Shetland Islands Council, his beautiful partner works for them, and Nathan is gradually sucked into the fray. He starts to feel driven to engage, not least because of old friends, loyalties. And there is always the nagging question: How would those old friends have felt about letting this chance to better their homeland's future pass them by? How would previous generations of Islanders, those who'd been oppressed, 'cleared', treated as human impedimenta, have viewed such a betrayal?
Contemporary fiction
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Tyne Green
Country of origin:
United States
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Michael James

Michael James grew up in Penzance, West Cornwall. He moved to London at the age of 18 and worked at the five-star Selsdon Park Hotel before joining Tom Aikens at the two-Michelin star restaurant Pied-a-Terre.

It was here he met his Australian wife Pippa. After moving to Sydney in 2004, he had the opportunity to work and learn with Dave McGuinness and Paul Allam at Bourke Street Bakery.

This job was the start of his baking career, and he has never looked back.

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