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  • A wondrous, sensuous memoir of salt-stung survival… clear-eyed and poetic prose. Over and above everything else, I Am an Island is a hymn to the wild, full of fine observation of the natural world. A message that rings true for these testing times.

    The Sunday Times
  • Calidas is a supple, sensuous writer - deeply empathetic... Her account is shot through with moments of intense brightness.

    Guardian
  • This is a startling book, a vivid and terrifying reminder of how an island can seduce, madden - and ultimately sustain those brave enough to endure its confines.

    Madeleine Bunting, author of Love of Country
  • An extraordinary book, a wild and redemptive account of reaching rock bottom and swimming back into the light. I’m awed by Tamsin's courage, her resilience and huge heart. Her island will stay with me for a very long time.

    Olivia Laing, author of The Lonely City and To the River
  • The best book I have read in more than a decade. Each page is poetry. Tamsin's story is both heartbreaking and inspiring but ultimately about how the power of nature can heal. The perfect memoir for us all right now. Absolutely stunning. What an incredible woman.

    Susannah Constantine
  • The memoir of the year...a lyrical paean to the wild beauty of the Hebrides.

    Vogue
  • An island tale like no other. An unforgettably moving and compulsive read, steeped in anguish and beauty. A book that is unafraid to stare deep into the abyss, and still find a way forward. The story of a woman completely broken by life, and her fifteen-year struggle to find the inner strength to restore herself, through sheer determination, and by immersing herself in solitude.

    Neil Ansell, author of Deep Country and Deer Island
  • Completely astonishing. Using language of shimmering beauty, Tamsin Calidas describes the unravelling of a relationship with such exquisitely small stitches that the eventual thread-baring of her physical and emotional safety, her sense of identity and purpose, blows in like a cold slap of Hebridean wind. A Hardyesque, stripped back connection to the landscape emerges. And yet only with the fragmentation of everything that matters is the fragility of life transcended and restored by the triumphant pull of a determination to survive.

    Juliet Nicolson
  • Gripping...Tough yet compulsive reading, carried by crisp, vivid prose.

    Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun
  • Raw, painful, storm-battered writing. Here's what it means to be truly isolated.

    Raynor Winn

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