To the Island of Tides

A Journey to Lindisfarne
Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: History, European
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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, 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 monasteries. Today, the isle maintains its position as a space for retreat and spiritual renewal.

To the Island of Tides is a meditation on the power of place, but also a more personal journey - a chance for a personal stocktaking and a reflection on where life leads us.

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Not what I was hoping

I kept waiting for the story to get going and it just didn’t go anywhere. A droll travelogue of moving from one road and one personal reflection to another. I can’t recommend this one.

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  • Jack Harrison
  • 11-11-19

Just buy it.

Where do I start, except to simply say "just buy it today".

Buy the book and tell me you didn't enjoy the story, the Author's insights and introduction to his style - and the wonderful scenery and Heritage of the locations visited and discovered during his Odyssey from Scotland over the borderlands.
And over to the mystical and mythical island of Lindisfarne (or Holy Island), and the nearby Farne Islands..

Buy the book and tell me honestly, that you don't want to walk in Alistair Moffat's own steps, and experience some part of his thoughts and impressions. Imagine the author with friends as boys spending that night on the beach; how he kept watch, with the sweep of the Lighthouse, of Longstone.

Buy the audio book and tell me you don't think to the lament of the monks in the dull light of History and remember-
"...Save us - from the wrath of the Norsemen".

Jack.

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  • M. Barclay
  • 02-12-20

Loved it

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narration was excellent. David Rintoul has a lovely soft accent to listen to.