The Rule of the Land
Walking Ireland's Border
On foot and by canoe, from Carlingford Lough to Derry/Londonderry, Lough Foyle and Magilligan Point on the northern coast, Jarrett Carr follows the twisted border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Travelling along rivers and through divided towns, villages and farms in borderlands with a troubled past and an uncertain future, Carr aims to examine ‘how the land and its people have reacted to the border, and the ways in which the line is made manifest’.
White Boy Running
Having been raised in an Irish family in South Africa, the poet-novelist Christopher Hope grew up with a deep insight into apartheid. He returned to the country, after twelve years’ absence, during the 1987 whites-only election. Recalling a childhood road trip (as a ‘white boy’ running through the landscape) he gives an objective account of the historic grievances of both Afrikaners and the black townships.
A Journey Around Our Archipelago
Britain is comprised of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones, including 132 that are permanently inhabited. Natural historian Patrick Barkham journeys through progressively smaller islands, including the prosperous Isle of Man, the mysterious islet of Ray, resurgent Eigg and the holy island of Bardsey. He encounters a mixture of islanders, including landlords, lacemakers, writers and nuns, and observes creatures such as puffins and rare voles, as he seeks to define our shared island mentality.
The Holy Mountain
An Anzac veteran, Sydney Loch (1888–1955) and his wife Joyce settled in Thessalonika, in the last village where women were allowed before the wall of the male-only Athos peninsula. Drawing on 25 years of living there and exploring the Holy Mountain, this is Loch’s account of the autonomous region inhabited only by Orthodox monks, living in monasteries on the flanks of the mountain and keeping Byzantine time, in which the day begins at sunset. First published in 1957. Small print