Arctic adventure celebrated in new collectors novel

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A deaf Cairnbulg man who cycled 3,000 miles from Northern Scotland to the Arctic Circle has had his journey remembered in a new book.

James Duthie’s first hand account of his trip was first published in 1951, but now a revived and revised edition of I Cycled into the Arctic Circle have gone on limited sale.

Just 500 copies of the book were launched by independent charity the Saltire Society this week.

The new limited edition book combines Duthie’s original text with artist filmmaker Matt Hulse’s own frank reflections on the complicated 13-year journey that culminated in his own film adaptation of Duthie’s journal.

Entitled Dummy Jim after Duthie’s fond nickname among the locals in his home village of Cairnbulg, the film was released in 2013 and was nominated for the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Michael Powell Award that same year.

Published in conjunction with the Swedenborg Society the new book is a fully illustrated and annotated collector’s edition.

It includes extracts from Hulse’s original screenplay, new critical writing, location stills photography from the film plus a specially commissioned poem from Aberdeenshire poet John Mackie.

James Duthie was killed in a road accident in 1965 at the age of 44.