When I was a kid I remember watching a film about otters, and years later, after a random visit to an Otter sanctury, I found out that the film in question was ‘Ring Of Bright Water’. In light of that revelation I decided that rather than re-watch the film, I’d buy the book instead. This was a GREAT decision.
I went into the book thinking otters were pretty cool. I came out obsessed. To sum up the (true) story, Gavin moves to a remote area of Scotland with his pet Otter, Mijbil. I won’t go into details as I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone who has yet to enjoy it, but the thing that really makes this story shine is the wonderful relationship Gavin has with his Otter, Migbil. I fell head over heels in love with the cute little guy. Gavin helps the story flow with his skilled writing and I remember finishing the book in two or three days (which is unbeliably fast for me). Luckily I found out he has also written a sequal The Rocks Remain (1963), which is about his subsequant otters, Edal, Teko and Mossy.