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The Summer Isles: A Voyage of the Imagination by Philip Marsden



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In an old wooden sloop Philip Marsden plots a course north from his home in Cornwall. He is sailing for the Summer Isles a small archipelago near the top of Scotland that holds for him a deep and personal significance. On the way he must navigate the west coast of Ireland and the Inner Hebrides. Bearing the full force of the Atlantic it is a seaboard which is also a mythical frontier a place as rich in story as anywhere on earth. Through the people he meets and the tales he uncovers Marsden builds up a haunting picture of these shores – of imaginary islands and the Celtic otherworld of the ageless draw of the west of the life of the sea and perennial loss – and the redemptive power of the imagination. Exhilarating and poignant Marsden’s prose has been widely praised. Bringing together themes he has been pursuing for many years The Summer Isles is an unforgettable account of the search for actual places invented places and those places in between that shape the lives of individuals and entire nations.

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