debuts of the month twitter
Search our site
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron Read the opening extract of the brand new Sophie Cameron book before its publication on 22/03/2018

Island How Islands Transform the World by J. Edward Chamberlin

Island How Islands Transform the World

Biography / Autobiography   The Real World   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Share this book

Sue Baker's view...

A rather dull cover hides a rich and continually surprising tour of the World’s islands. There is for British readers, our own island, there are the islands we know, islands in rivers, lakes and sea, There are islands of fable and most delightfully islands that come and go over the centuries, islands of spice and fortress, prison and escape. Islands have been stepping stones in history, allowing human beings to travel the world, they have provided refuge and riches, and they can be havens for wildlife, the cause of shipwreck and danger. It is a subject without end, caught for a brief moment by the author who teases us with intriguing glimpses of this vast history.

Like for Like Reading

The Sea Inside, Philip Hoare

Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, Simon Winchester

Who is Sue Baker

Win Julie Summers' sensational SIGNED first editions

Julie Summers is an award-winning author and one of Britain’s foremost social historians. js

We are celebrating the release of Julie's latest book: Our Uninvited Guests: The Secret Lives of Britain’s Country Houses 1939-45 with a giveaway.

Julie Summers is offering signed first editions of three of her twelve books. The titles up for grabs alongside her latest book are Jambusters: The Women's Institue in the Second World War, which inspired the hit ITV Drama series HOME FIRES and Fashion on the Ration: Style in the Second World War.

Our Uninvited Guests gives the reader a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in some of Britain's greatest country houses that were occupied by people who would never otherwise have set foot in such opulent surroundings.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 20 April 2018. The winner will be notified by 4 May 2018,

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 20/04/2018


Island How Islands Transform the World by J. Edward Chamberlin

Ever since the dawn of human history, islands have been at the heart of our desires - and our fears. Drawing on anthropology, literature, biology, art, philosophy and earth science, Island tells the groundbreaking story of humans and islands throughout history, and celebrates islands as a central part of the world we live in. With a unique cross-disciplinary approach, encompassing everything from the wonder of an island's flora and fauna, to the geological roots of island formations, via references to popular culture, poetry and literature (including Prospero, Gulliver, Robinson Crusoe and the Count of Monte Cristo), Chamberlin tells the vivid and absorbing story of how islands have shaped human history, society and culture. Island celebrates islands for all their worth, whether real or invented, literal or fictitious, as a central part of the human narrative. A marvellously ambitious book, Chamberlin's book provides a fascinating counterpoint to Judith Schalansky's Atlas of Remote Islands (total UK sales over 20,000 to date).


a beautifully-produced little volume --Arminta Wallace, Irish Times; [a] well crafted study --Philip Marchand, National Post of Toronto; Chamberlin's book is like a rich archipelago of ideas populating an ocean of imagination. --Natural History Magazine

About the Author

J. Edward Chamberlin

J. Edward Chamberlin is Professor Emeritus of English and comparative literature at the University of Toronto. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, has lectured around the world, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies. He is the author of Come Back to Me My Language; Horse; and If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories? He lives in British Columbia.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

1st August 2013


J. Edward Chamberlin

More books by J. Edward Chamberlin
Author 'Like for Like'


Elliott & Thompson Limited


224 pages


Biography / Autobiography
The Real World
eBook Favourites

Historical geography
General & world history



My horizons have been broadened by some of the books I have been lucky to review and I expect it to be no different in the future.

Daran Bellingham

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

Lovereading is not only an amazing site, but it's one of my very favourites. It's like visiting a fascinating bookstore, but better.

Rebecca Jayne Barrett

I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

With literary excellence, humour and drama, Lovereading's got value and is a real stress-calmer!

Siobhan McDowell

My favourite thing about is the 'like for like' page this has really introduced me to some good reads! That and lots of honest reviews.

Sam Lewis

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick