Les Wilson is a writer an award-winning documentary maker who specialises in Scottish historical subjects. Among his film credits is the 30-part series, Scotland's War, an oral history of World War Two, and the 13-part series The Real Tartan Army, a TV history of the Scottish regiments. He is the co-editor of Islay Voices (Birlinn, 2016) and lives on the island of Islay. Lord Robertson of Islay (George Robertson) was born in Port Ellen, Islay. He was UK Defence Secretary from 1997 to 1999 and Secretary General of NATO from 1999 to 2004.
'a model publication... Scottish history at its best, making a local episode visible in its national and international dimensions' -- Professor Chris Whatley, Chair of the Judging panel, Saltire Society History Book of the Year (WINNER) 'A well-researched account of loss and tragedy' * Oban Times * 'excellent from every point of view - the narrative is clear and gripping, the research is of a high, indeed exhaustive, standard, and the work is imbued with an intangible but deeply felt humanity for the plight of the men involved in these two catastrophes. The description of the actual shipwrecks and of the powerlessness of mere men in face of the forces of nature at their most pitiless is magnificently conveyed, and the descriptions of the storms at sea reaches almost Conradian levels' -- Joe Farrell