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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (3 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783781904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783781904
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Lively... memorable... As an accomplished writer of natural history, Barkham is at his best in this book on flora and fauna'--Guardian

'Barkham's vibrant travel book [...] unearths a rich vein of history... Full of fascinating detail, his book succeeds superbly in conveying the difficulties and allure of island living'--Sunday Times

'[A] wonderfully warm-hearted social, natural and above all literary history of the islands that surround the larger island of Britain... a thing of real beauty [with] lucid, meticulous prose...'--Financial Times

'Barkham's place writing makes the book's setting a joy... This insightful and beguiling book is a great guide and tribute to our [islands]'--Observer

'Barkham, a lovely, fluid writer [...] has a wonderful eye for detail... This is poetry'--Daily Mail

'An extraordinary book'--Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2

'Tremendous... [The islanders'] stories, so beautifully told, are the lifeblood of this wonderful book'--BBC Countryfile Magazine

'Islander captures the mood of the indescribable uniqueness of the lives of inhabitants of small islands... Barkham's immersed empathy gives the reader a passkey to a glorious experience: sharing the views as if we had undertaken the pilgrimage with him' ---- Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows

About the Author

Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and is Natural History Writer for the Guardian. He is the author of The Butterfly Isles, which was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize; Badgerlands, which was also shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Wainwright Prize, and Coastlines. He lives in Norfolk.

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