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I Am An Island [9780857526656]

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'The memoir of the year' - Vogue

'Completely astonishing… the fragility of life transcended and restored by the triumphant pull of a determination to survive' - Juliet Nicolson

When Tamsin Calidas first arrives on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, it feels like coming home. Disenchanted by London, she and her husband left the city and high-flying careers to move the 500 miles north, despite having absolutely no experience of crofting, or of island life. It was idyllic, for a while. But as the months wear on, the children she'd longed for fail to materialise, and her marriage breaks down, Tamsin finds herself in ever-increasing isolation.

Injured, ill, without money or friends she is pared right back, stripped to becoming simply a raw element of the often harsh landscape. But with that immersion in her surroundings comes the possibility of rebirth and renewal. Tamsin begins the slow journey back from the brink.

Startling, raw and extremely moving, I Am An Island is a story about the incredible ability of the natural world to provide when everything else has fallen away - a stunning book about solitude, friendship, resilience and self-discovery.

AUTHOR: Tamsin Calidas is a writer and photographer living in the wilds of the Scottish Hebrides. She worked in various roles in advertising, publishing and the BBC before giving it all up in 2004 to move to a tiny, remote island in Scotland to run a derelict croft with sheep and horses. Tamsin now also runs an alternative medicine practice alongside GP services.

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    Posted by Sharon PROFFITT on 21st Aug 2020

    I am amazed how someone can go through so much and still come out the other end without giving up on her dreams.

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    Posted by Brigida on 15th Aug 2020

    In the middle of 2020, I feel I am living another moment of reflection in my life.
    Reading Tamsin´s story gave me a chance to believe in myself, to take each opportunity with open arms and no matter how things seem to derail from the trail I planed to follow, all will be good in the end if I keep courageous and accept to go with the flow.
    The book will travel with me on my journey of life, when the right moment comes. Thank you Tamsin!

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