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82-year-old author Maggie Harcus focuses on the middle of the 20th century when Papay's inhabitants lived a more self-sufficient life based on farming and fishing. Virtually a tourist attraction in her own right, Maggie Harcus and her famous 40-year-old blue tractor are a familiar sight to Papay visitors. Maggie has witnessed a transformation in the lifestyle of her fellow islanders over the past eight decades. Illustrated with numerous pictures of Papa Westray in the last century, Maggie's Book records a way of life that has almost vanished into the mists of time.

Maggie's Book: Memories of Life on Papa Westray

by Maggie Harcus/Paperback/ Published 2004
Available to order from any good bookstore or order online from: - British Pounds

A fascinating, well-researched work on the history of Holland farm which also tells the story of the island and its people. Once home to a powerful land-owning dynasty that crashed into spectacular bankruptcy, Holland embodies the history of Papay since medieval times. Full of pictures and intriguing details this is an engaging account of the island's evolution from virtual feudalism (as recently as Victorian times) to today's fragile but independent and egalitarian community.

A Jar of Seed Corn: Portrait of an Island Farm

by Jocelyn Rendall/Paperback/ Published 2002
Available to order from any good bookstore or order online from: - British Pounds

To get an insight into island life read Jim Hewitson's entrancing book about Papa Westray. Don't expect a dry, factual guide book. This is a lively and often amusing account of his experiences living on the island in the 1980s and 90s with marvellous portrayals of some of its colourful characters, past and present.

Clinging to the Edge : Journals from an Orkney Island

by Jim Hewitson/ Hardcover/ Published 1996
Available to order from any good bookstore or order online from: - British Pounds - US Dollars - Canadian Dollars

An excellent, detailed account of an archaeological investigation at St Boniface, Papa Westray. Profusely illustrated and carefully reasoned discussion of a site which has been occupied for at least 3000 years.

St Boniface Church, Orkney

by Christopher Lowe / Hardcover / Published 1998 - British Pounds - US Dollars - Canadian Dollars
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