Publisher chucks it all in after complaints over Orkney book

<p>A writer&#39;s satirical travelogue about six years on the Orkney Islands&nbsp; has so enraged inhabitants of the Scottish archipelago that it has been shelved by his publisher Nicholas Brealey, after threats of legal action.</p><p>In <em>Chucking It All: How Downshifting To A Windswept Scottish Island Did Absolutely Nothing to Improve My Life</em> Max Scratchmann describes the inhabitants as &quot;staid, emotionally repressed drunks, stuck in the 1950s&quot;. The book was due out 11th June, but is shown as &quot;out of stock&quot; on Amazon.co.uk.</p><p>According to the<em> Independent,&nbsp;</em>Scratchmann was told there had been a complaint about the book weeks before the final draft was due, and agreed to edit the offending sections. But he then received a letter from the publisher informing him of its decision to cancel the project.<br /><br />Scratchmann is reported to have written that the Orkney landscape looked like an &quot;alien planet in a classic episode of Star Trek&quot;. He unkindly recalled participating in drunken ceilidhs, discos and festivals, and meeting the local lotharios as well as the only gays on the archipelago.<br /><br />Scratchmann is now so disillusioned with the book, which took two years to write, that he has &quot;no plans&quot; to seek another publisher.</p>