Lough Swilly book proves to be ‘massive hit’ with readers

University of Ulster Professor, Andrew Cooper
University of Ulster Professor, Andrew Cooper

A book examining the living landscape of Lough Swilly has proved a massive hit with readers on both sides of the border, according to its publishers.

Dublin-based Four Courts Press, one of Ireland’s leading academic publishing houses, say ‘Lough Swilly - A living landscape’, has been one of its top five best sellers in the past year.

Edited by University of Ulster Professor, Andrew Cooper, the book is well on course to sell-out its initial 1,500 print run.

“The whole venture has been a very fruitful collaborative effort and the quality of the book is a tribute to the specialist knowledge and analysis that all of the contributors have brought to the project,” Professor Cooper says.

“Their commitment also highlights the respect they have for Lough Swilly and for the communities whose lives it has touched.”

The book examines in detail the Lough’s geology, archaeology, coastal change, maritime heritage, history, fishing, conservation, tourism, aquaculture and recreation. Its final chapter advocates a multi-agency management approach to safeguard the Lough’s future.

More than a hundred stunning photographs and diagrams, including many landscape pictures taken by the University of Ulster’s Coleraine-based photographer Nigel McDowell, bring the Lough’s many faces vividly to life. In April, ‘Lough Swilly - A living landscape’ was a runner-up in the Geographical Society of Ireland’s Book of the Year award. It has sold close on half of its initial print-run since its official launch last autumn.

Anthony Tierney, sales and marketing manager of the Dublin-based Four Courts Press says there has been “an extremely positive reaction” to the book.