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I won't be reading any more Barkham's books Jan 21, Thebooktrail rated it really liked it Shelves: books-set-in-england , books-set-in-scotland , books-set-in-wales , books-set-in-ireland , travelogue. I mean the British Isles is made up of so many islands but Patrick has picked 11 to look at and really get under the skin of.
Some islands are more well known than others but each one has a history to share. Kilda, in particular is now occupied by military contractors as well as seabirds. Others only have seasonal populations. Who or what has been spotted there? Gets you thinking. Two most unique islands I think are Prison Island in Alderney which is the home of the only Nazi concentration camp on British soil and St Martin's, which is barely 1 square mile in size.
Patrick is a great guide - full of anecdotes, historical snippets, natural history information and personal tales all wrapped up with wit and friendliness. View 2 comments. Dec 03, Thelastwordreview rated it it was amazing. The answer is a staggering 6, but not all are inhabited. For the nature writer Patrick Barkham who has been shortlisted for his books The Butterfly Isles and Badgerlands returns with Islander-A Journey Around our Archipelago were he island hops to discover how life really is and the natural history of the Islands that make up our wonderful country.
I have been lucky enough to island hop around our coastline while studying wildlife but here in this outstanding book Patrick Barkham visits some islands we may never get the chance to visit, such as South Ronaldsay, Eigg, St. Kilda, and also Rathlin among others. Along the way he talks about the ecology of the islands and culture as well as meeting the wildlife of the islands.
Anyone who has watch Whisky Galore will know the story was written by Sir Compton Mackenzie who loved islands so much he actually liked buying islands as well this may account for his love of isolation. Along the way Barkham meets the people of the islands who live and work on the islands. Some of the islands he visits can be described as remote. It can be a hard life and the weather extreme and some of the islands can easily be cut off for days or weeks at a time.
Then of course there is the uniqueness of each of the islands and also the geo politics. The people work the land but they also have to run the islands as well. Life can be extreme to say the least but time spent on these islands changes you as a person. Jan 19, Robert rated it really liked it. This is a monumental piece of work. The way Barkham manages to visit various islands and interweave relevant people, literature, history and his real-time experiences is a stoke of genius. This can not have been an easy task. What makes this a four- rather than five-star book, though, is that some islands just are more interesting than others.
For example, the Isle of Man is a low-tax paradise and near-enough country in itself with a rich history and proud people to match. Similarly, Alderney ha This is a monumental piece of work. Similarly, Alderney has a crazy backstory having been part of the Third Reich for five years and home to multiple concentration camps. The infrastructure the Nazis put in was then used for the benefit of the natives once they resettled it.
On the other hand, the chapters about more boring islands like Barra and Ynys Enlli simply don't provide the same excitement. But that shouldn't take away from the fact this book is a feat of genius and well worth reading, especially if you like islands. May 15, T. Fowler rated it it was amazing. This book grew on me as I traveled with the author from one island to another, off the coast of Britain.
The 11 islands are explored roughly in order of population, beginning with the Isle of Man pop. I must admit that I found the first two islands Man and South Ronaldsay in Orkney the least interesting and almost put the book aside. But the following islands, staring with Barra in the Outer Hebrides, completely ca This book grew on me as I traveled with the author from one island to another, off the coast of Britain.
But the following islands, staring with Barra in the Outer Hebrides, completely captured me.
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They all have a fascinating history, which for many might even be described as bizarre, and he has done his homework on their histories well to explain their unusual pasts, as well as living long enough with present day locals to allow the reader know what life is like there today in these distinct societies. It helps a lot that he is an excellent travel writer, bringing out the thoughts and emotions that arise as he immerses himself in these small unique island communities. The island bits and the island people were interesting. I get why the writer, presumably an upperclass twat, used this device to start an The island bits and the island people were interesting.
I get why the writer, presumably an upperclass twat, used this device to start and get the first draft out but it should have been edited out for print. Pointless blathering, which constantly kept distracting and interrupting the flow.
Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago by Patrick Barkham
Also, this book really highlights how completely immoral, unethical and corrupt land ownership is in Britain. Not sure that was the writer's intention. There is no justification for some rando being in a position to sell and buy land other people have farmed and tended to for centuries without having any chance of owning it. Apr 28, JJE rated it liked it. A good read about a very interesting topic. The author scratches the surface of the tale of each of the island that he visits but never goes much further than that. There is a lack of detail about his own experiences on the islands or the factual history of the islands instead the author goes for a few anecdotes from locals which for me spoilt it somewhat.
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As a converted island lover I was hoping to get some inspiration to visit a few more islands that I am yet to see however none of the chapter A good read about a very interesting topic. As a converted island lover I was hoping to get some inspiration to visit a few more islands that I am yet to see however none of the chapters particularly made me crave a visit. In summery a nice written book that just lacked the x-factor I was so craving in a book about one of my favourite subjects. I guess for someone who knows nothing about the islands the author visits it may have enough detail but a little lacking for me.
Oct 11, Ruth Brumby rated it really liked it. I very much enjoyed reading this book for descriptive writing, interesting facts, a caring approach towards the world and people, warmth and honesty and some thought-provoking ideas. It is beautifully written and well constructed. I admire Patrick Barkham's journalistic ability to talk to people and represent their foibles and aspirations clearly but not harshly. His wide background reading adds interest.
I just think that some of the ideas could be tackled with more rigour. Feb 11, Sluggable Joe rated it really liked it. Part voyage around lesser known british islands, part Compton Mackenzie biography. Love the calm flow of the writing and the eager acceptance of the vast differences between the - always fascinating - people he meets.
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Very informative throughout, even if some of the islands are particularly more boring than the others. A decent journey through a variety of UK islands; Barkham's writing is gentle and descriptive. The chapters are only as interesting as the Islands themselves however, Islands that I thought going in would be really interesting, such as St Kilda, proved not to be - and vice versa. All in all a good read, and i'll look out for more of Barkham's work.
Jun 09, Jamie rated it liked it. Worth a read if you're into Islands and obscure communities. Light hearted don't expect a nollNorman Lewis level account , the first hand accounts and interviews are the most interesting, but most of the general information read much the same as the islands' Wikipedia pages. Feb 06, Rosamund rated it really liked it. Hugely enjoyed this exploration of a series of ever smaller islands around the British Isles.
Realised I have a bit of island fascination myself. Jan 30, Susanna Hl rated it liked it. I enjoyed it, but it's probably a little niche for most people!
Particularly enjoyed the stories about Compton Mackenzie; I hadn't come across him before. Will try to find better words later! Jun 12, Mark Kenyon rated it liked it. Enjoyed this - particularly the chapter about Eigg. Jul 11, Joe Tristram rated it liked it. Not as bad as I was expecting, having thoroughly disliked Barkham's 'Badgerlands'. Quite a lot of interesting descriptions, but no overall point. Barkham seems to manage to give each island visited a different take, which helps keep the interest.
Some real classic human encounters in there, and the writing lives up to his usual standard. Carl Smith rated it really liked it Mar 27, M rated it really liked it Oct 28, Ravi rated it really liked it Jun 24, Try again? Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room. To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.
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