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Victorian artist John T. Reid’s Art Rambles in the Highlands and Islands first caught Mairi Hedderwick’s attention because of its beautiful engravings, and inspired her to make her own journey, looking at and redrawing the places and views depicted in his book. The result was the bestselling Highland Journey, a richly illustrated account of her trip, interspersed with parts of Reid’s original travelogue and engravings.In Shetland Rambles Mairi follows once more in Reid’s footsteps. This journey, to Scotland’s most northerly islands, not only gave Mairi another insight into her chosen mentor but also into her abiding interest in island communities, then and now. Shetland Rambles is a beautiful, poignant and entertaining journey through the islands by one of Scotland’s best loved authors and illustrators, packed with keen observation and incidental detail. As an art student, Mairi Hedderwick took a job as a mother’s help on the isle of Coll, beginning a lifelong love affair with islands and their communities. As well as her perennially popular Katie Morag stories, she has also written a number of travel books.