A Study of James Boswell and Samuel Johnson upon their Highland and Hebridean Tour of 1773"" follows the footsteps of these two with gusto and affection and retraces their Scottish journey with patient zeal. What emerges is a book of unexpected if somewhat special charms. McLaren knows his Boswell and Johnson so well that he writes almost as if they were still alive; but more than that he makes the beautiful highland and island country through which they travelled exciting historically and pictorially, so that this book becomes something very real in itself. It can be read as an afficionado's appreciation of the two great eighteenth century figures; as a fascinating travel book; as history- and occasionally sociology. There is something here for many tastes.