Island on the Edge

A Life on Soay

Author: Anne Cholawo

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

ISBN: 0857903373

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 9823

Anne Cholawo was a typical 80s career girl working in a busy London advertising agency, when in 1989, holidaying in Skye, she noticed an advert for a property on the Isle of Soay – 'Access by courtesy of fishing boat'. She had never heard of Soay before, let alone visited it, but something inexplicable drew her there. Within ten minutes of stepping off the said fishing boat, she had fallen under the spell of the island, and after a few months she moved there to live. She is still there. When she arrived on the remote west coast island there were only 17 inhabitants, among them the legendary Hebridean sharker Tex Geddes and his family. Today, including Anne and her husband Robert, there are only three. This book describes her extraordinary transition from a hectic urban lifestyle to one of rural isolation and self-sufficiency, without mains electricity, medical services, shops or any of the other modern amenities we take for granted. Anne describes the history of Soay and its unique wildlife, and as well as telling her own personal story introduces along the way some of the off-beat and colourful characters associated with the island, notably Tex's one-time associate, the celebrated writer and naturalist, Gavin Maxwell.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Island on the Edge of the World

The Story of St Kilda

Author: Charles MacLean

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1847674720

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 4063

For more than two thousand years the people of St Kilda remained remote from the world. Their society was viable, utopian even; but in the nineteenth century the islands were discovered by missionaries, do-gooders and tourists, who brought with them money, disease and despotism. In 1930, the few remaining islanders were evacuated, no longer able to support themselves. An exploration of the life and death of the remote Hebridean society, Island on the Edge of the World is a moving account of human endeavour.
Posted in History

The Island on the Edge of Normal

Author: Guy New York

Publisher: Guy New York

ISBN: 8822875877

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 743

The first novel by Guy New York, The Island on the Edge of Normal, follows James from New York City to the coast of Maine where he struggles to forget his past by destroying his memories one page at a time. As he settles into his new life, he finds himself falling in love with Issa, the married women whose house he is sharing. When he learns that Issa and Paul have an open marriage he’s forced to make decisions he’s tried hard to avoid. But the more comfortable he becomes, the more his past returns, until suddenly it arrives on the island in the form of Jane, the woman he’s been trying so hard to forget. Even as James learns about non-jealous husbands, handsome tourists, and growing up on the edge of normal, he’s still consumed by guilt, fear, and a deep-seated anger that he doesn’t fully understand and can’t let go. A tale of love, lust, and redemption, The Island on the Edge of Normal pushes the boundaries of what it means to create, destroy, and forgive.
Posted in Fiction

Island on the Edge

Taiwan New Cinema and After

Author: Chris Berry,Feii Lu

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9622097154

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 1899

This is the first English-language anthology on the Taiwan New Cinema and its legacy. It is an exciting collection which covers all the major filmmakers from Hou Hsiao Hsien and Edward Yang to Ang Lee and more. Gathering a range of essays that analyze individual films produced since the advent of the Taiwan New Cinema in the early 1980s, it aims to complement Feii Lu’s Taiwan Cinema: Politics, Economics, Aesthetics, translated by Chris Berry (Duke University Press and Hong Kong University Press, forthcoming). Taiwan and its internationally renowned cinema ar " on the edge" in more ways than one. For all of its history the island has been on the edge of larger geopolitical entities, subjected to invasions, migrations, incursions, and pressures. On the other hand, as one of the "Little Tiger" economies of Asia, it has been on the cutting edge of the Asian economic boom and of technological innovation; in recent years it has pioneered democratization of authoritarian regimes in East Asia.
Posted in Social Science

St. Kilda

Island on the Edge of the World

Author: Charles Maclean

Publisher: Interlink Pub Group Inc


Category: History

Page: 196

View: 9640

The story of a society which existed almost completely isolated from the mainstream of civilization for more than a thousand years.
Posted in History

The Island on the Edge of Forever

Author: Andrew M. Crusoe

Publisher: Andrew M. Crusoe


Category: Fiction

Page: 310

View: 5951

When Asha accepts a mission to recover a sacred stone capable of raising the dead, she doesn't expect her ship to be attacked high above an unknown world. To their shock, Asha and her commander Mira are dragged into the planet's wild ocean, and Asha barely manages to escape a vast underwater complex. Once she reaches the surface, she discovers a mysterious island that comes to life with dancing villagers and roaring bonfires every night, only to vanish without a trace each morning, leaving her feeling alone and confused. Yet there are greater struggles ahead for Asha. Having followed them, the vicious Vakragha are desperate to find the stone first, bent on using it to revive their greatest mastermind. And when Asha finds Mira on the verge of death, the full burden of the mission falls on her shoulders. Time is running out, and Asha must rely on her courage, intuition, and healing skills to have any hope of survival. But she soon discovers that the Vakragha aren't the only ones searching desperately for the sacred stone.... A fast-paced, tropical Sci-Fi novel inspired by the Big Island of Hawaii, THE ISLAND ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER is a great place to start in the Epic of Aravinda series.
Posted in Fiction

The Enigmas of Easter Island

Author: John Flenley,Paul Bahn

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780192803405

Category: History

Page: 274

View: 8313

Easter Island, an isolated speck in the Pacific Ocean, produced one of the most fascinating and yet least understood of ancient cultures. Who were the inhabitants of this unimaginably remote volcanic island? Where did they come from? What, and equally intriguing, how did they erect the giant stone statues found all over the island? And what became of their civilization? - ;Easter Island, an unimaginably remote volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean, produced one of the most fascinating and yet least understood prehistoric cultures. Who were its inhabitants, and where did they come from? Why, and equally intriguingly, how did they erect the giant stone statues found all over the island? Paul Bahn and John Flenley tackle these and a host of other questions, introducing us, along the way, to the bizarre birdman cult found in the island's art, and the only recently deciphered Rongorongo script engraved on wooden panels. The Enigmas of Easter Island combines a wealth of new archaeological evidence, intriguing folk memories and the records of Captain Cook and other early explorers, to reveal how the island's decline may stem from ecological catastrophe. The result is a fascinating portrait of a civilization which still retains many of its mysteries. This book, originally published in 1992, was hailed as the best account of Easter Island ever written. Now it has been brought substantially up to date with a wealth of new material. -
Posted in History

Die sonderbare letzte Reise des Donald Crowhurst

Author: Ron Hall,Nicholas Tomalin

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492953239

Category: Travel

Page: 400

View: 2597

Ein Klassiker über ein zeitlos spannendes Abenteurerschicksal Im Juli 1969 wird mitten im Atlantik eine Jacht entdeckt – die Segel sind gesetzt, aber der Trimaran ist leer. Nur die Log- und Tagebücher befinden sich noch an Bord und offenbaren ein dunkles Geheimnis. Ihr Verfasser Donald Crowhurst war acht Monate zuvor aufgebrochen, um im Wettstreit mit namhaften Seglern wie Robin Knox-Johnston und Bernard Moitessier als schnellster Solosegler nonstop die Welt zu umrunden. Was damals kaum jemand wusste: Crowhurst verfügte weder über Hochseeerfahrung noch über ein seetaugliches Boot. Doch warum war der Unternehmer und Familienvater dennoch bei dem Rennen, das die Sunday Times mit einem Preisgeld von 5000 Pfund ausgelost hatte, angetreten? Und was ist an Bord geschehen, dass er für immer verschollen blieb? Einfühlsam arbeiten die Autoren anhand der letzten Aufzeichnungen die Vorgeschichte und sonderbaren Abläufe auf See auf. Sie berichten von menschlichem Streben und Versagen. Erzählen eine Geschichte über Heldentum, in der kein Held vorkommt. Und zeichnen das Porträt eines bemerkenswerten Mannes, der am Ende keinen Ausweg mehr sah. »Crowhursts Geschichte ist dramatischer als alle anderen, geheimnisvoller und dunkler als ›All is lost‹.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin »Eine der außergewöhnlichsten Seefahrtgeschichten, die je veröffnetlicht wurde.« The Washington Post »Ein Meisterstück.« The New Yorker »Eines der packendsten Lesestücke über das Segeln überhaupt.« FAZ
Posted in Travel


Island at the Edge of Time

Author: Susanne Chauvel Carlsson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Bounty Mutiny, 1789

Page: 238

View: 6747

Fletcher Christian and the mutineers from The Bounty sank their ship and settled on Pitcairn, the most remote island in the Pacific. This is their story over two centuries. Then came three generations of Chauvels (beginning with Charles Chauvels film, "In the Wake of the Bounty", to provide intimate perspectives on the descendants of the mutineers on this island that has been both paradise and hell.
Posted in Bounty Mutiny, 1789


Whisper Island

Author: Elizabeth George

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783802595387


Page: 448

View: 9460

Posted in

Island at the Edge of the World

Author: Keivn Siembieda,Thomas Bartold

Publisher: Palladium Books

ISBN: 9780916211615

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 144

View: 7626

Posted in Juvenile Fiction


Author: Amy Liptrot

Publisher: btb Verlag

ISBN: 3641203260

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 8312

Die ursprüngliche Kraft einer einzigartigen Landschaft lässt alte Wunden heilen: Mit Anfang dreißig spült das Leben Amy Liptrot zurück an den Ort ihrer Kindheit - die Orkney Islands, im dünn besiedelten Schottland wohl die abgelegenste Region. Hier schwimmt die britische Journalistin morgens im eiskalten Meer, verbringt ihre Tage als Vogelwärterin auf den Spuren von Orkneys Flora und Fauna und ihre Nächte auf der Suche nach den »Merry Dancers«, den Nordlichtern, die irgendwo im Dunkeln strahlen. Und hier beginnt sie nach zehn Jahren Alkoholsucht wieder Boden unter den Füßen zu gewinnen. Mit entwaffnender Ehrlichkeit erzählt Amy Liptrot von ihrer Kindheit, ihrem Aufbruch in die Stadt, nach Edinburgh, weiter nach London. Vom wilden Leben, dem Alkohol, dem Absturz. Vom Entzug und der Rückkehr zu ihren Wurzeln auf Orkney, wo sie der Natur und sich selbst mit neuen Augen begegnet.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Schwert und Harfe

die große Irland-Saga

Author: Frank Delaney

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783426631652


Page: 671

View: 7933

In packenden, kulturgeschichtlich interessanten Episoden beschwört ein alter Geschichtenerzähler die Vergangenheit und Grösse Irlands und wird für einen Jungen zum faszinierenden Vorbild des eigenen Lebens. - Ein kulturgeschichtlich farbiges Panorama Irlands, das Vergangenheit und Gegenwart zu einer spannenden Geschichte vereint.
Posted in

Das Café in Roscarbury Hall


Author: Ann O'Loughlin

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641187192

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 7105

Die Schwestern Ella und Roberta O'Callaghan wohnen bereits ihr ganzes Leben in dem irischen Herrenhaus Roscarbury Hall. Allerdings haben die zwei alten Damen seit einem Streit vor vielen Jahren kein Wort mehr gewechselt und kommunizieren nur mit Hilfe kleiner Zettel miteinander. So erfährt Roberta auch von Ellas Plan, im Ballsaal ihres maroden Anwesens ein Café zu eröffnen. Denn ohne Einnahmequelle droht die Bank, den beiden ihr Zuhause wegzunehmen. Als Aushilfe engagiert Ella die junge Debbie, eine Amerikanerin, die in Irland nach Spuren ihrer leiblichen Mutter sucht und dabei auf ein dunkles Kapitel irischer Geschichte stößt. Auch Ella und Roberta müssen sich ihrer Vergangenheit stellen – und vielleicht verbindet sie ja mehr mit Debbie als eine reine Zufallsbekanntschaft ...
Posted in Fiction

The Only Living Girl #1 "The Island at the Edge of Infinity"

Author: David Gallaher

Publisher: Papercutz

ISBN: 9781545802038

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 72

View: 7463

Zandra ‘Zee’ Parfitt is one of the last human survivors of a cosmic disaster that merged hundreds of planets into the mysterious patchwork wasteland of Chimerika. After learning that the experiments of her late father, the diabolical Doctor Once, created this world, Zee and her companions — classmate Erik Farrell and mermaid warrior Morgan — embark on a dangerous quest filled with robots, monsters, unknown civilizations, and unlikely allies. Together they push back against the relentless Consortium, who want control of this new world at any cost. Through it all, Zee searches for the truth of her past so she can redeem her father’s legacy. From the award-winning team behind THE ONLY LIVING BOY, David Gallaher and Steve Ellis bring you THE ONLY LIVING GIRL, an action-packed adventure perfect for fans of AMULET, MS. MARVEL, and DC SUPER HERO GIRLS.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

Tochter der Flut

Author: Jake Halpern,Peter Kujawinski

Publisher: Ravensburger Buchverlag Otto Maier GmbH

ISBN: 3473478504

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 384

View: 6766

Wenn auf Marins Insel nach 14 Jahren Tag die endlose Nacht hereinbricht, muss ihr Volk fliehen. Denn die eisige Dunkelheit überlebt niemand. Doch Marin und ihr Freund Line verpassen die rettenden Boote. Und das nur, weil Line den Anhänger gesucht hat, den sie verloren hatte. Angeblich verloren. Und so wird ihr Schweigen zur Zerreißprobe ihrer Liebe. Und zum Beginn eines knallharten Überlebenskampfes ...
Posted in Juvenile Fiction