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Gavin Maxwell

Scotland (1914 - 1969)

Gavin Maxwell was a Scottish naturalist and author, best known for his work with otters. He wrote the book Ring of Bright Water (1960) about how he brought an otter back from Iraq and raised it in Scotland. Ring of Bright Water sold more than a million copies and was made into a movie starring Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna in 1969. The title 'Ring of Bright Water' was taken from a poem by Kathleen Raine (1908-2003) who said in her autobiography that Maxwell had been the love of her life.
Ring of Bright Water
   1. Ring of Bright Water (1960)
     aka The Otters' Tale
   2. The Rocks Remain (1963)
   3. Raven Seek Thy Brother (1968)
Non fiction
   Harpoon at a Venture (1952)
     aka Harpoon Venture
   God Protect Me from My Friends (1956)
   A Reed Shaken By the Wind (1957)
     aka People of the Reeds
   Ten Pains of Death (1959)
   The House of Elrig (1965)
   Lords of the Atlas (1966)
   Seals of the World (1967)