Winds of Change by Michael James

By Michael James

Shetland. Britain’s such a lot northerly outpost; a land of Bronze Age guy, the Vikings, the Scottish merchant-lairds.
But what of the future?

It is might 2013. Nathan Dei, ornithologist, photographer, historian, thinker and reluctant political animal, will get embroiled within the debate on Scottish independence. The vote is greater than a yr away, and already he’s ill of the total thing.

But dwelling in Shetland, it’s challenging to flee; lots of people have loads of axes to grind.

In among his birding expeditions, he starts off to imagine how his followed domestic should still navigate this shake-up. What often is the top final result for the Islands?

There is North Sea oil, after all, yet that’s lower than part the tale. His father was once a member of the Shetland Islands Council, his appealing associate works for them, and Nathan is slowly sucked into the fray. He starts off to believe pushed to have interaction, now not least due to previous pals, loyalties.

And there's continuously the nagging question:
How may these outdated buddies have felt approximately letting this opportunity to higher their homeland’s destiny go them by means of? How might prior generations of Islanders, these who’d been oppressed, ‘cleared’, taken care of as human impedimenta, have considered the sort of betrayal?

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