Ring of Bright Water

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Ring of Bright Water is an autobiographical book by Gavin Maxwell.[1][2] A fictionalised film of the same name was made from it.

Background notes[edit]

Maxwell's book describes how he brought a smooth-coated otter back from Iraq and raised it in 'Camusfeàrna' (his name for Sandaig), on the west coast of Scotland. He took the otter, called Mijbil, to the London Zoological Society, where it was decided that this was a previously unknown subspecies, and it was named after him: Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli. The book and film title was taken from a poem by Kathleen Raine, who said in her autobiography that Maxwell had been the love of her life.


  1. ^ "The Ring of Bright Water Trilogy". penguin.com.uk. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "RING OF BRIGHT WATER". kirkusreviews.com. Retrieved 24 January 2014.