I Am An Island (Paperback)
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I Am An Island (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 08/04/2021
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Featuring a landscape that is as much a lead character as the book’s author, Calidas’s first-hand account of collapse and redemption on a remote Hebridean island is a tribute to human perseverance and the healing qualities of nature.

When Tamsin Calidas first arrives on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, it feels like coming home. Disenchanted by London, she and her husband left the city and high-flying careers to move the 500 miles north, despite having absolutely no experience of crofting, or of island life. It was idyllic, for a while. But as the months wear on, the children she'd longed for fail to materialise, and her marriage breaks down, Tamsin finds herself in ever-increasing isolation.

Injured, ill, without money or friend she is pared right back, stripped to becoming simply a raw element of the often harsh landscape. But with that immersion in her surroundings comes the possibility of rebirth and renewal. Tamsin begins the slow journey back from the brink.

Startling, raw and extremely moving, I Am An Island is a story about the incredible ability of the natural world to provide when everything else has fallen away - a stunning book about solitude, friendship, resilience and self-discovery.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784164782
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 19 mm


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'A wondrous, sensuous memoir of salt-stung survival... clear-eyed and poetic prose. Over and above everything else, I Am an Island is a hymn to the wild, full of fine observation of the natural world. A message that rings true for these testing times.' - The Sunday Times 

'Calidas is a supple, sensuous writer - deeply empathetic... Her account is shot through with moments of intense brightness.' - The Guardian 

'This is a startling book, a vivid and terrifying reminder of how an island can seduce, madden - and ultimately sustain those brave enough to endure its confines.' - Madeleine Bunting, author of Love of Country

'An extraordinary book, a wild and redemptive account of reaching rock bottom and swimming back into the light. I'm awed by Tamsin's courage, her resilience and huge heart. Her island will stay with me for a very long time.' - Olivia Laing

'The best book I have read in more than a decade. Each page is poetry. Tamsin's story is both heartbreaking and inspiring but ultimately about how the power of nature can heal. The perfect memoir for us all right now. Absolutely stunning. What an incredible woman.' - Susannah Constantine

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“A Graceful, Deeply Hopeful Account”

Tamsin Calidas tells her story of moving from London to a wee Scottish island to start a new way of life as a crofter. She recounts the joy of starting the unknown, the challenges of being a crofter in a male... More

Hardback edition
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“An astonishing raw account of life and hardships”

A brilliant book. Tamsin Calidas dreamed of life on an island. She faced animosity from the islanders but proved her worth as a crofter and faced many struggles. A raw and honest account of been accepted into a... More

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“I am an Island”

Breathtakingly beautiful, poetic, insightful, at times heart wrenching writing with a rare quality to truly transport and immerse.

Tamsin Calidas ia a unique voice eloquently portraying the power and resilience of... More

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