The Land of Maybe: A Faroe Islands Year (Hardback)
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The Land of Maybe: A Faroe Islands Year (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 12/03/2020
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'In this excellent book, Ecott's evocative telling makes me want to go to this weird and wonderful place.' - PAUL THEROUX

Following the natural cycle of the year, The Land of Maybe captures the essence of 'slow life' on the 18 remote, mysterious islands which make up the Faroes in the North Atlantic. Closer to the UK than Denmark, this fast disappearing world is home to a close-knit society where just 50,000 people share Viking roots and a language that is unlike any other in Scandinavia.

We follow the arrival of the migratory birds, the over-wintering of the sheep and the way food is gathered and eaten in tune with the seasons. Buffeted by the weather and the demands of a volatile natural environment, people still hunt seabirds and herd pilot whales for a significant portion of their basic food needs.

This is not a travelogue, but a deeper exploration of how 'to be' in a tough landscape; a study of a people and a way of life that represents continuity and a deep connection to the past. The Land of Maybe offers not just a refuge from the freneticism of modern life, but lessons about where we come from and how we may find a balance in our lives.

Publisher: Short Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781780724225
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 202 x 134 x 30 mm


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The tough, mystical, intangible character of the Faroes is captured by Ecott's gorgeously rich and descriptive writing that makes you believe you can smell the sea, hear the birds and feel the wind. A beautiful and evocative read.'
Filled with loving detail, humour and heart Faroes is a lyrical treat. Tim Ecott has created a raven-haunted love song to the intimate insecurity of island living and the salt-caked, tightly-braided culture of the Faroes.'
In this excellent book, Ecott's evocative telling makes me want to go to this weird and wonderful place.'
Engaging and energetic * Times Literary Supplement *
I never want to leave the remote island world so atmospherically, precisely educed between the covers of this book. Ecott's prose has the power of tides, his perception is as searching as the Atlantic wind, and he has the soul of a natural-born naturalist. A masterpiece. -- John Lewis-Stempel

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“Tim Ecott – The Land of Maybe”

Lovers of the Faroe Islands will be delighted with this new book about the archipelago by Tim Ecott. It is a gripping narrative of the author’s time spent in rural locations about the islands over the course of a... More

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