An autobiographical work describing how Maxwell brought a Smooth-coated otter back from Iraq and raised it on the West coast of Scotland. A fictional film of the same name was made from it. Republished to mark the centenary of Maxwell's birth.
Gavin Maxwell was born in 1914. In 1945 he bought the small Hebridean island of Soay and tried to establish a shark fishery. This resulted in his first book, Harpoon at a Venture. In 1960 Ring of Bright Water appeared, of which there are more than a million copies in print in English. An abridged and pictorial children's version, The Otter's Tale, was published in 1962, and a sequel, The Rocks Remain, in 1963. Gavin Maxwell died in 1969.