The Summer Isles

A Voyage of the Imagination

Philip Marsden

Published: 3 October 2019
Hardback, Royal HB
156x234mm, 352 pages
ISBN: 9781783782994

About the author

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PHILIP MARSDEN is the award-winning author of a number of works of travel, fiction and non-fiction, including The Bronski House, The Spirit-Wrestlers, and The Levelling Sea. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and his work has been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in Cornwall. More about the author


The Summer Isles is a gazetteer of toponyms that conjure a scintillating watery world’



‘A truly remarkable writer’ Robert Macfarlane

‘Marsden brings characteristic elegance and insatiable curiosity to bear on his voyage; we are whisked along as passengers, alternately enchanted by this unforgettable coastline and apprehensive of its treachery. Even the most dogged land lubber cannot fail to be exhilarated by these stiff salt breezes’ Madeleine Bunting

‘Reading Philip Marsden's voyage to the Summer Isles is the only time in my life I shall want to be lost at sea. Shimmering, profound, and deeply mesmerizingJohn Lewis-Stempel

‘Set sail on limpid prose in this wonderful peregrination up the west coast of Britain and Ireland. There is no better guide to the deep and dazzling meanings found on the western fringe of Europe than Philip Marsden'’ Patrick Barkham

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