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Summary

In To the Island of Tides, Alistair Moffat travels to - and through the history of - the fated island of Lindisfarne. Walking from his home in the Borders, through the historical landscape of Scotland and northern England, he takes us on a pilgrimage in the footsteps of saints and scholars, before arriving for a secular retreat on the Holy Isle.

Lindisfarne, famous for its monastery, has long been a place of sanctuary. It is an island rich in history: The Romans knew it as Insula Medicata; it reached the height of its fame in the dark ages, even survived Viking raids, before ultimately being abandoned after Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries. Today, the isle maintains its position as a space for retreat and spiritual renewal.

To the Island of Tides is a meditation on the power of place, but also a more personal journey - a chance for a personal stocktaking and a reflection on where life leads us.

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Just buy it.

Where do I start, except to simply say "just buy it today".

Buy the book and tell me you didn't enjoy the story, the Author's insights and introduction to his style - and the wonderful scenery and Heritage of the locations visited and discovered during his Odyssey from Scotland over the borderlands.
And over to the mystical and mythical island of Lindisfarne (or Holy Island), and the nearby Farne Islands..

Buy the book and tell me honestly, that you don't want to walk in Alistair Moffat's own steps, and experience some part of his thoughts and impressions. Imagine the author with friends as boys spending that night on the beach; how he kept watch, with the sweep of the Lighthouse, of Longstone.

Buy the audio book and tell me you don't think to the lament of the monks in the dull light of History and remember-
"...Save us - from the wrath of the Norsemen".

Jack.

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Quite religious

This is more a meditation on death and spirituality than the observation of nature and journey I hoped for. I am not remotely religious so it did not resonate with me. If you are then you will probably enjoy it more.

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Adored it, listened three times on loop

Thanks for a fantastic accompaniment to my learning about and following the st cuthberts way hike in 2021

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A journey beautifully described.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the journey taken through the Borders. The familiarity of the area and the way the author describes his walks along well trodden paths, and those less used, takes you on the same journey. Sharing his inner thoughts as you travel together, gives the reader an opportunity to examine their own inner feelings, yet not as a 'navel gazing' exercise but rather as a chance to open their minds to the future.
A well constructed narrative which makes an excellent audio book.

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Superb

A wonderful book to listen and be transported to beautiful scenes, that conjure up history, spiritual and natural life....buy it.

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A Beautiful story

A truly remarkable and beautiful book, one I shall definitely return to. The narration fits the book perfectly. Download this and sit back and enjoy. Be prepared to be moved almost to tears with the authors thoughts.

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Top class

I would highly recommended this book to anyone, I was sad to finish it and will be reading it again in the future.

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A moving journey.

What began as a walk to become close to the spirit of St Cuthbert, developed into an exploration of life and also grief. The landscape evokes memory and often the author shares his deep sadness on events in his own life. Often moving, and beautifully written, this book is more than just a travel to an ancient and venerable place, but a meditation on faceing the inevitable. Loved the historical information, and the sense of place, excellently read by David Rintoul.

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melancholic and sombre

I wanted to enjoy this more. At times I wanted to skip forward and would have done so with the written word. Nicely read, soothing, but liable to send you to sleep. This is more about the author's relationship with his lack of belief in God and what this means as the end of life approaches. Strangely, I had the impression the author is in denial about his beliefs which do seem evident beneath the surface. I enjoyed the history and the descriptions of the countryside throughout this journey, but probably wouldn't have bought the book in hindsight.

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Bringing ancient history alive

I really learnt a lot about the history of Lindisfarne. The author opens his heart to St. Cuthbert and whilst following the Saint's footsteps he looks back on and forward to his own life.

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Not what I was hoping

I kept waiting for the story to get going and it just didn’t go anywhere. A droll travelogue of moving from one road and one personal reflection to another. I can’t recommend this one.

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