Roger Hutchinson is a full-time writer living on the island of Raasay. Born in 1949 he launched and edited the radical magazine Styng in the north of England, before moving to London and becoming editor of both Oz and IT in the early seventies. In 1975 he became a freelance journalist and went on to author several books on subjects as diverse as the professional tennis circuit, the Royal Family, Bruce Lee and man-eating sharks. Two years later he moved to Skye and joined the West Highland Free Press. He is currently a feature journalist, columnist and reviewer for the WHFP, Scotsman, Herald, Guardian and the Press & Journal.
Roger has received a number of awards for his journalism, including British Weekly Sportswriter of the Year in 1996. His books include Camanachd: The Story of Shinty, Polly: The True Story Behind Whisky Galore, The Toon: A Complete History of Newcastle United, 66: The Inside Story of England’s World Cup Triumph and Aleister Crowley: the Beast Demystified.
The Soap Man: Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme was short-listed for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year award in 2004. The bestselling Calum’s Road, was described by Magnus Linklater in Scotland on Sunday as ‘destined to become a minor classic’ and has been optioned to be adapted into a feature film. Roger is also the author of Walking to America, The Silent Weaver: The Extraordinary Life and Work of Angus MacPhee, Martyrs: Glendale and the Revolution in Skye, St Kilda: A People’s History and Father Allan.
His latest release is The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick-Maker.