The Scottish island where George Orwell created 1984
By James Shaw
BBC Radio 5 live Scotland correspondent
George Orwell escaped to a remote Scottish island to create his final masterpiece - the dystopian classic 1984.
Going into the Corryvreckan whirlpool is a heart-stopping experience even when conditions are relatively benign.
It hits quite suddenly as you are passing through the narrow stretch of sea between the islands of Jura and Scarba.
One side of the boat drops away and you find yourself sitting on the deck.
Then the other side goes and you are grabbing on to the guard rail to stop yourself sliding in the opposite direction.
It must have felt something like this when George Orwell found himself in the throws of the Corry on the way back from a picnic on the west side of Jura.
But for him, it was so much worse than being knocked about a bit.
The outboard motor was wrenched off and his young nephew, Henry, attempted to row them towards a rocky islet of Eilean Mor.
As they got close, the boat capsized.
Orwell emerged from underneath it and managed to drag himself and his young son on to the rocks.
He and his companions had been extremely lucky.
After that it was just a question of waiting until a passing fisherman spotted them and took them home, shaken, no doubt, but unharmed.
(continued, know the feeling - need solitude to be creative, hard to come by then and worse nowadays....)
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