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Island Dreams. Mapping an Obsession.

One of my oldest and dearest friends Nichola gave me this book for my birthday and I’ve finally got around to reading it and what a wonderful book it is. Gavin Francis, doctor by day and island obsessive in any spare moment that he might have has written a book which is part stories of his travels (to islands around the world) and blended them with philosophy, great voyages from literature and a touch of psychology. The result is a shedding of new light on the importance of islands and the notion of isolation in our collective consciousness and how we deal with it.

It’s not just a book which is an interesting read but one which has been put together with much thought, love and is printed with maps old and new on wonderfully thick paper in hardback. A lovely present for yourself or someone, who like me, lives on an island.

Buy the book HERE

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