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The Blue Cabin: Living by the Tides on Islandmore by Michael Faulkner

The Blue Cabin: Living by the Tides on Islandmore

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Mike Faulkner and his wife, Lynn, decided to make the move from Scotland to an isolated island in Strangford Louth and this is the account of their first year there. Struggling with no mains electricity, an erratic water supply and at the mercy of the sea, as to whether they could get to the mainland for supplies this is a charming, funny, moving account of adjusting to life away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. An absolute joy to read that will have you longing for your own private little corner of the world.

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The Blue Cabin: Living by the Tides on Islandmore by Michael Faulkner

'By Christmas we were living to the rhythm of the tides...' In 2002, following the collapse of his business and the loss of a much-loved family home, Mike Faulkner and his artist wife Lynn left Scotland for a cabin on Islandmore, an uninhabited island on Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. Familiar to Mike as the holiday haven to which his father, the last Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, had gone with his family during the worst years of the Troubles, moving there to live year-round was a different prospect. With no mains electricity, an erratic water supply and access to the mainland only possible by boat, life on Islandmore is one part catastrophe - storms, broken generators, escaping dinghies - to three parts idyll - long walks on the shore, sunsets from Eagle Hill, year-round picnics, visits from friends. The result is a book imbued with sense of place; an honest, often funny, and moving account of one couple and two dogs living the kind of uncomplicated life that so many of us yearn for.

About the Author

Michael Faulkner

Michael Faulkner grew up in Northern Ireland but spent most of his adult life in Scotland, initially working as a solicitor and subsequently setting up a furniture design business. Despite initial success, the business collapsed in 2001 and Mike and his wife, Lynn McGregor, a professional artist, moved to Islandmore, his family’s summer home. Mike is the son of Brian Faulkner, the last Prime Minister of Northern Ireland.

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7th September 2006


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