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The Blue Cabin: Living by the Tides on Islandmore Paperback – 7 Sep 2006
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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
'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. Familiar to Mike as the holiday haven to which his father, the last Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, had gone with his family during the worst years of the Troubles, moving there to live year-round was a different prospect. 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, sunsets from Eagle Hill, year-round picnics, visits from friends. 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.See all Product description
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This is reading through a couple's challenging times, that part of the wedding vows that read, "for better or worse".
There are plenty of happy times -- the guests, the picnics, the sublime peace of the place. All the while checked by the harsher realities of no mains electricity or regular water supply, and a barely insulated house.
Faulkner writes in a simple yet effective prose. In few words and sentences, you're perhaps suddenly caught by the deep emotion involved.
The Blue Cabin is an enjoyable read, proving the adage of the road less travelled...