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Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession (Hardback)
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Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 07/05/2020
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In Island Dreams, Gavin Francis examines our collective fascination with islands. He blends stories of his own travels with psychology, philosophy and great voyages from literature, shedding new light on the importance of islands and isolation in our collective consciousness. Comparing the life of freedom of thirty years of extraordinary travel from the Faroe Islands to the Aegean, from the Galapagos to the Andaman Islands with a life of responsibility as a doctor, community member and parent approaching middle age, Island Dreams riffs on the twinned poles of rest and motion, independence and attachment, never more relevant than in today's perennially connected world. Illustrated with maps throughout, this is a celebration of human adventures in the world and within our minds.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781786898180
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 222 x 161 x 26 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Gavin Francis is a wonderful writer - thoughtful, engaging, immensely knowledgeable and supremely human -- BILL BRYSON
An intoxicating voyage during which maps become fictions and fictions verifiable facts. Myths of returning and older legends carry us out in a shared fugue of obsession and release. Here is a worthy companion to the dream labyrinths of Borges -- IAIN SINCLAIR
A thrilling book - beautiful and spare at once . . . A real achievement -- TIM DEE
In this charming and beautifully illustrated book, Gavin Francis asks important questions about isolation and connection, and considers the ways in which islands have been imagined and experienced by travellers through the ages -- MALACHY TALLACK
When you read this book, read it slowly, to savour it. There is something distilled about the prose, an aesthetic of brevity, and an ethereal, dreamlike quality to the writing that is delicate, luminescent and joyously uplifting. Like generations of travellers before him - many of them evoked here - Francis is lured by the dream of isolation. Go with him. He will share his solitude with you. You will find your own -- ALLAN LITTLE
Wonderful . . . Beautifully illustrated throughout, it's an enchanting meditation on rest and motion, independence and attachment, and what these mean in our hyper-connected world * * The Bookseller, Editor's Choice * *
[An] ode to navigation and adventure * * New Statesman * *
Explores our fascination with islands * * Observer, Ones to Watch * *
Genre-defying * * Herald, Ones to Watch * *
This gorgeous book from Gavin Francis looks at our collective fascination with islands by blending his own experiences with great voyages from literature as well as a splash of psychology and philosophy. It's at heart, an exploration of isolation and connectedness that's particularly timely * * The List * *

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