Islander

A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Patrick Barkham

Published: 5 October 2017
Hardback, Royal HB
156x234mm, 368 pages
ISBN: 9781783781881
£20.00

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Published: 3 May 2018
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129x198mm, 368 pages
ISBN: 9781783781904
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Published: 5 October 2017
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ISBN: 9781783784752
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Overview

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. Some, like the Isle of Man, resemble miniature nations, with their own language and tax laws; others, like Ray Island in Essex, are abandoned and mysterious places haunted by myths, ghosts and foxes. There are resurgent islands such as Eigg, which have been liberated from capricious owners to be run by their residents; holy islands like Bardsey, the resting place of 20,000 saints, and still a site of spiritual questing; and deserted islands such as St Kilda, famed for the evacuation of its human population, and now dominated by wild sheep and seabirds.

In this evocative and vividly observed book, Patrick Barkham explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles as he travels to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Our small islands are both places of freedom and imprisonment, party destinations and oases of peace, strangely suburban and deeply wild. They are places where the past is unusually present, but they can also offer a vision of an alternative future. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.


About the author

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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. More about the author


Events

19/11/2017, 18:00

Patrick Barkham at Taunton Literary Festival

Islander: a Journey Around our Archipelago In this evocative book, Patrick Barkham travels from larger small islands to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from dropouts to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is to be an islander. He is a features writer for the Guardian, where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. He is the author of numerous books on natural history.
Brendon Books, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4ER

22/11/2017, 19:00

Patrick Barkham at Rossiter Books

Patrick Barkham returns to Rossiter Books with his latest book, Islander, an enticing exploration of the smallest islands of Britain. In this evocative book, Patrick travels from larger small islands to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from dropouts to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is to be an islander, and uncovers bizarre and touching stories about island life, whilst exploring some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain. 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.
Rossiter Books, The Corn Exchange, 7 The High Street, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 5HL

23/11/2017, 18:45

Islander

Patrick Barkham's new book, Islander, is a journey to meet the human and non-human residents of the smaller British Isles. In this talk, he will journey from large small island to ever smaller islands in search of the essence of island life - and what lessons the periphery may have for us on the mainland.
Norfolk, UK, Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, Cley Marshes

29/11/2017, 19:00

An evening with Patrick Barkham

Join us for an evening of natural wonder as Patrick Barkham discusses his newest work 'Islander'. He explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain as he travels to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Our small islands are both places of freedom and imprisonment, party destinations and oases of peace, strangely suburban and deeply wild. They are places where the past is unusually present, but they can also offer a vision of an alternative future. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.
Waterstones Norwich, 11-17 Castle Street, Norwich, NR2 1PB

20/11/2017, 19:00

Come and Meet Patrick Barkham

Guardian Natural History Writer and best-selling author Patrick Barkham will be in-store to talk about his new book, Islander.
Yeovil Waterstones, 37a Middle Street, Yeovil, BA20 1LG

21/11/2017, 19:30

Patrick Barkham on 'Islander: a Journey Around our Archipelago' in Bath

"We are all islanders, but some are more islanders than others". Award-winning author Patrick Barkham's new book Islander is an enticing exploration of the smallest islands of Britain. He travels from larger small islands to ever-smaller islands in search of their special magic. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from dropouts to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is to be an islander. How do communities function on small islands? Are they insular or outward looking? Are eccentrics attracted to islands, or do islands make people eccentric? Do they keep us sane or drive us mad? Patrick's journey across the British Isles sets out to answer these questions. Along the way, he uncovers bizarre and touching stories about island life, meets a host of curious characters and native species, and explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain.
Toppings and Co. Booksellers, 3 Fountain Buildings, Bath, BA1 5DU

08/11/2017, 19:00

Patrick Barkham at Waterstones Tunbridge Wells

Writer of acclaimed natural history books, 'The Butterfly Isles', 'Badgerlands' and 'Coastlines', Patrick Barkham will be discussing his latest book, 'Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago'. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.
Waterstones Tunbridge Wells, 32-40 Caverley Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2TD

09/11/2017, 19:30

An Evening with Patrick Barkham

Guardian journalist, nature writer and Steyning favourite Patrick Barkham will be giving an illustrated talk about his wonderful new book 'Islanders', in which he explores some of Britain's most remote and beautiful islands, investigating their flora, fauna, and human history. This will be Patrick's third visit to Steyning, and his friendly demeanor and encyclopedic nature knowledge make him a very engaging speaker.
Steyning Bookshop, 106 High Street, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3RD

11/11/2017, 10:00

55th Annual Members Meeting of the Sussex Wildlife Trust

Our guest speaker is well known columnist and author Patrick Barkham. Patrick is a natural history writer for theGuardian and has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was published in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje prize. His second, Badgerlands,was hailed by Chris Packhamas 'a must read for all Britain's naturalists' and won the best general non-fiction prize at the East Anglian Book Awards in 2014. Coastlines was published in 2015 and explores our changing relationship with the seaside through explorations of the 742 miles of coastline protected by the National Trust. His new book, Islander, published in October 2017, describes his journey around Britain's small islands,meeting their human and non-human residents. The day includes children's activities, the SWT Annual General Meeting, a talk by Patrick Barkham, and a complimentary buffet lunch.
Shoreham-by-Sea, The Shoreham Centre, 2 Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5WU

15/11/2017, 19:00 - 20:30

Patrick Barkham on these islands now

A Bread and Roses event. The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. Some, like the Isle of Man, resemble miniature nations, with their own language and tax laws; others, like Ray Island in Essex, are abandoned and mysterious places. There are resurgent islands such as Eigg, which have been liberated from capricious owners to be run by their residents; holy islands like Bardsey, the resting place of 20,000 saints; and deserted islands such as St Kilda, famed for the evacuation of its human population, and now dominated by wild sheep and seabirds. Guardian writer Patrick Barkham explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles as he travels to ever-smaller islands - places of freedom and imprisonment, party destinations and oases of peace, strangely suburban and deeply wild.
Nottingham, UK, 14A Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH

16/11/2017, 18:30 - 21:45

Nature Matters 2017: Changing Nature

Patrick Barkham will be speaking on the first day of a three-day conference: Exploring the diversity of responses to the natural world. Nothing in nature stays the same. From the microscopic to the mountainous, from milliseconds to millennia, the natural world is constantly changing. Humans are perhaps the greatest agents of change, driving it for our needs and wants. This complex threading of natural and man-made change can be both enriching and destructive. In this year's conference we explore change from different perspectives and explore how we present that change through art, science and literature. The opening event sees Patrick Barkham in conversation with Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project, comparing how they have inspired change through words and actions. Over the following two days we hear about the great changes undergone in the oceans and on our farmland, about the hidden worlds that reveal themselves through technology, and how our perception of nature has altered through human history. In the Art Gallery, the John Clare Exhibition, compiled by Carry Akroyd, meshes the world of the great nineteenth century poet of the countryside with modern depictions of nature. Understanding change is vital; only by appreciating that nothing stays the same can we plan how to live sustainably in the future.
Stamford, UK, Stamford Arts Centre, St Mary's Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2DL





 
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