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The Blue Cabin: Living by the tides on Islandmore [Kindle Edition]

Michael Faulkner
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The book is a heartwarming read, full of perception and gentle wit. -- Scotland on Sunday

'a magical book' -- News Letter, 24 October 2006

'an enchanting, funny and touching book . . . about the making of
a fresh start' -- Belfast Telegraph, 11 October 2006

'charmingly written . . . a moving account' -- Down Recorder, 11 October 2006

From chapter one, Faulkner exhibits a natural storytelling gift and a sureness with words, and also with rhythm, on which his phrases and sentences surf and maintain their momentum ... The book is a heartwarming read, full of perception and gentle wit. -- Scotland on Sunday

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‘By Christmas we were living to the rhythm of the tides.’


In 2002, following the collapse of his business and the loss of a much-loved family home, Mike Faulkner and his artist wife Lynn left Scotland for a cabin on Islandmore, an uninhabited island on Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.




With no mains electricity, an erratic water supply and access to the mainland only possible by boat, life on Islandmore is one part catastrophe – storms, broken generators, escaping dinghies – to three parts idyll – long walks on the shore, early morning boat trips on the lough, sunsets from Eagle Hill, year-round picnics. 




The result is a book imbued with sense of place; an honest, often funny, and moving account of one couple and two dogs living the kind of uncomplicated life that so many of us yearn for.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7203 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press (24 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CQ8EHW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I live on an (otherwise) uninhabited island on Strangford Lough with my wife Lynn McGregor, who is a professional artist (www.lynnmcgregor.co.uk).

I am an editorial proofreader with wide experience in working with publishers and others on fiction and non-fiction material, from academic theses to novels, biographies, travel guides and business/law texts. As my background is in writing, I specialise in novel development, content editing and text assessment. There is more background, with testimonials, charges etc. at www.thebluecabin.com/proofreading.

'The Blue Cabin' chronicles our first year on Islandmore: more details can be found at http://www.thebluecabin.com. An illustrated follow-up, 'Still On The Sound' was published by Blackstaff Press in 2009.

My latest book, the history of a Belfast mill, is due to be published in December 2013.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lillian Beckwith meets Peter Mayle. 20 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
This is a delightful read. It's like a cross between Lillian Beckwith and Peter Mayle. Michael Faulkner writes with charm, wit and not a little self-deprecation of his life with Lynn and two dogs on the island of Islandmore in Strangford Lough on the east coast of Northern Ireland. It must have been very hard for him and his wife Lynn to survive with their two dogs on an island with no electricity in such a demanding location, and the difficult parts of their life are not ignored, but he still manages to convey the peace, beauty and harmony of "a life less ordinary". Local characters are brought to life and some insights are given of what it was like to grow up in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles as the son of Northern Ireland's Prime Minister.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely visit back to Northern Ireland 21 April 2009
Format:Paperback
I know the author and his wife Lynn and received a copy of the book when it was first published. I bought 4 (now 5) to send to friends and family and everyone is enchanted by it. Michael is a wonderful author and Lynn an extrordinary artist. Can't wait for his next book. Having grown up in Northern Ireland I can almost feel the misty rain and smell the ocean when I read The Blue Cabin. I live near the sea in Playa del Rey California but the ocean doesn't have the same fresh smell of the Atlantic.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Reading 22 Aug 2007
By mellis
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be a little gem; to be savoured slowly and mentally re-visited long after finishing. A gentle read which flows like the tides so inherent to the story. I would say essential reading for anyone who loves travel books, the sea and enjoys a good yarn.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful tonic 23 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
The Blue Cabin is an intimate portrait of lives interrupted and renewed- by the rhythm of the tides. Faulkner's prose reminds one of a margarita cocktail-bittersweet, full of spirit, and edged in salt! Another round please.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Cabin 30 July 2009
Format:Paperback
A very nice little book, recommended by a friend as we happened to sail past the blue cabin itself on a trip to Strangford Lough. I enjoyed the descriptions of the pleasures and perils of living by the seasons and the tides, and getting back to nature and the Good Life. Also, it gives hope that bankruptcy can have its upsides when one is forced to reevaluate one's life.

It only covered one exciting year in the author's life - I look forward to the sequel.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only we could all have an island retreat 18 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
The Blue Cabin is a charming biographical story of a bankrupted man who is forced to move to his family's holiday cabin on an Island in Strangford Lough. Michael, his wife Lynn and their two dogs juggle their every day dramas of living on an island, from wondering if there will be electricity to cook the Christmas dinner, to hoping the boat and only mode of transport hasn't drifted off in the night.

Faulkner moves between stories of life on the island, peppered with tales of the characters that live and work around Strangford Lough, to stories from his childhood and of his father Brian Faulkner, the last Prime Minister of Northern Ireland.

As the various doors of his life begin to close, Faulkner finds new doors opening offering something quite beautiful and unique. The simplicity of life on an island is very appealing. A wonderful, calm and inspiring book, if only we could all have an island retreat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Cabin 12 July 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is a little gem and I love it. I live in Northern Ireland and remember Michael's father, Brian Faulkner, as the last Prime Minister before the 'Troubles' started. The book gives a whole new perspective on the man as husband and father as well as Michael's story of life on Islandmore. It can't have been easy at the beginning for Lynn and Michael but they just got on with it. He is a great storyteller and when he relates how he was caught in a small boat in the strong currents of Strangford Lough, you can taste the saltwater on your lips and worry with Lynn about his safety. If you enjoy this book, then look out for the sequel 'Still on the Sound'. The photographs are amazing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something missing 18 April 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A gentle read of island life and the surroundings and characters. Will read again when need something peaceful to read. What is missing however is the element of day to day life as experienced by the author and his wife.
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