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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press Ltd (7 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856407933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856407932
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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

About the Author

MIKE FAULKNER grew up in Northern Ireland, but spent most of his adult life in Scotland, initially working as a solicitor and subsequently setting up the UK's first Santa Fe/Southwestern furniture-making company. In spite of great initial success, the company collapsed in 2001 and Mike and his wife, Lynn McGregor - a professional artist specialising in semi-abstract landscape - moved to Islandmore. This is Mike's first book.


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James G. Birrell on 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 By Irene J. Noel on 21 April 2009
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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 By mellis on 22 Aug. 2007
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Biddy Early on 30 July 2009
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amiga McCarthy on 23 Aug. 2007
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Sinnamon on 12 July 2010
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lucie Wright on 18 Nov. 2007
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Allan on 8 May 2007
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This is a true must have read that will make you laugh, smile & cry all in a afternooon. Not only are you able to empathise with Michael and his wife Lynn but you are able to share the ups and downs of the journey they have made together. It gives an insight into closeknit family life which in todays society seems to be fading away and fast becoming a thing of the past. From its opening page to its last sentence this book keeps you enthralled and enraptured and begging to find out if they are still living by the tides on Islandmore. This book is a true gem and a rare find.
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