THE ALMOST ISLAND: ATLANTIC CORNWALL
The Almost Island is a work of beauty – lyrical, evocative and closely observed Philip Marsden
If you read only one book about Cornwall this year, make sure it’s this one. Western Morning News
Des Hannigan is a travel writer who has worked mainly for the guidebook publishers Lonely Planet and AA Publishing covering destinations as varied as Denmark and Pakistan with his specialities including Greece and Andalucía. In his latest book, The Almost Island, he has turned to his own backyard of West Cornwall with a collection of evocative essays and verse about the extreme reaches of the Cornish cliffs and sea; an authentic view of the world below the cliff edge and beyond the beaches, in the company of fishermen, lifeboatmen, coastguards, rock climbers writers and artists, and the most unpredictable player of all, the Atlantic Ocean. His illustrated talks range widely (you may even find yourself transported momentarily to Mongolia) but Cornwall is the main player.