Sands, sounds and bearings: Maps with no land

29 November 2016 // Islands //Miscellany

Sands, sounds and bearings: Maps with no land Maps are not ways of escaping. Things were always going to turn out like this. By Jennifer Lucy Allan From a pile of unorganised papers in a box I recently unearthed a map. A metre high, and over a metre across, it was printed in 1964 for […]

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Hy Brasil

27 November 2016 // Books //Islands

An extract from The Un-Discovered Islands by Malachy Tallack (Birlinn, hardback, 152 pages. Out now.) In the second of two extracts from his new book, The Un-Discovered Islands, Malachy Tallack tries to unpick some of the myths that still surround one of the most famous phantom islands: The story of Hy Brasil demonstrates a problem […]

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Love of Country

6 November 2016 // Books //Islands

Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey by Madeleine Bunting (Granta, hardcover, 368 pages. Out now.) Review by Sue Brooks One must have a proper moral sense about the points of the compass; North must seem the “good” direction, towards heroic adventures, South the way to ignoble ease and decadence. W.H. Auden’s words, quoted by Madeleine […]

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The Un-Discovered Islands

15 October 2016 // Books //Islands

The Un-Discovered Islands by Malachy Tallack (Birlinn, hardback, 152 pages. Out now.) From ancient times right up to the present day, people have imagined islands. Some of these places only ever existed in myths, while others appeared on maps for hundreds of years before finally being erased. Some were strange and fabulous, while others were […]

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Sixty Degrees North: Around the World in Search of Home

17 July 2015 // Books //Islands

The Caught by the River Book of the Month Malachy Tallack – Sixty Degrees North: Around the World in Search of Home Polygon hardback. Published 16 July. A review by Amy Liptrot. As a teenager in Shetland, unmoored by the sudden death of his father, Malachy Tallack had an idea for a journey, along the […]

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