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Islands of the Evening

Journeys to the Edge of the World

by Alistair Moffat


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ISBN: 9781780278018
Published: 06 Oct 2022
Format: Paperback
Extent: 320
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
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About the Book

'[an] exploration of Scotland's past through the eyes of a scholarly hiker ... Magnificent' - New Statesman, Books of the Year

Fourteen centuries ago, Irish saints brought the Word of God to the Hebrides and Scotland’s Atlantic shore. They sought solitude in remote places where they could move closer to an understanding of God. Columba was the most famous of these pioneers who rowed their curraghs towards danger and uncertainty in a pagan land, but the many others are now largely forgotten.

From the barren Garvellachs and the ‘great garden’ of Lismore to the haunting calm of Iona and the grandeur of Applecross, Alistair Moffat travels by foot, boat and ferry in search of these elusive men. Reflecting on the lives they lived and the world they inhabited, he finds their traces not so much in tangible remains as in the spirit and memory of places that lay at what was then regarded as the very edge of the world.

The Author

Alistair Moffat

Alistair Moffat was born in Kelso, Scotland in 1950. He is an award winning Writer, Historian and former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television. He is the founder of Borders Book Festival and Co-Chairman of The Great Tapestry Of Scotland.

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