We’re delighted to be wishing Alistair Moffat a very happy publication day, as his book, To The Island of Tides goes out in to the world, published by Canongate.
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, home to Saints Aidan and Cuthbert and the place where the celebrated Lindisfarne Gospels were written, 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 monastaries. Today the isle maintains its position as a space for retreat and spiritual renewal.
To the Island of Tides is a walk through history, a meditation on the power of place, but also a more personal journey; a chance for a personal stock-taking and a reflection on where life leads us.
Praise for The Hidden Ways, (Canongate, 2018)
“Our ancestors walked everywhere, unless they lived by a river or loch and travelled by boat, or were rich enough to keep a horse or pony. So Moffat will walk. He will walk over much of Scotland, following, sometimes struggling to follow, old roads that are now sometimes hard to find. This book is the story of a dozen such walks… This is a splendidly rich book – a treasure-house of information, memories and speculation”
“This fascinating and compelling narrative will leave you spellbound and in no time you’ll be looking for your hiking boots and waterproofs … An absorbing and thought-provoking addition to the literature of Scotland’s byways”
”The Hidden Ways makes us think about Scotland and its history in a completely different way … A truly fascinating read”
“Retracing and walking Scotland’s lost paths makes Alistair Moffat reflect upon the country’s history in a different sort of way … From Perthshire to Ballachulish, Moffat explores the land in a personal, inquisitive way and searches for evidence of the people who helped shape it”
“A treasure trove of stories”
The Great Outdoors