A haven of calm and enveloping warmth in places blasted by wind and cold.  A place where a monk arriving over rough seas from Ireland in the seventh century might choose to build a church.

‘So is this, in its sun-trap warmth on these wind-besieged islands, where the church of Beccan … might have stood?’

See also a quote-rich mosaic review of this magnificent, entrancing book: a love letter to islands and a paean to the sea. 


Source: Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life (London: Harper Collins, 2013 (2002)), p. 168

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