Book review – An Island Parish, by Nigel Farrell

I love nothing better than loosing myself in a good book. Its the ultimate escape from life (even if its only for a few precious minutes). The latest book I am reading is ‘An Island Parish’ by Nigel Farrell.  Now I have read this book before a while ago but love it so much I have decided to read it again.

I have always been fascinated by the idea of what it would be like to live on an island. That feeling of being away from everything but being part of a close knit community where the simple things in life are more appreciated.

An Island Parish - By Nigel Farrell
An Island Parish – By Nigel Farrell

The book focusses on several characters who have all decided for various reasons to give up on their life on the mainland, escape it all and go live on the Isle’s of Scilly.  They are all in pursuit of their dreams, whether its to find love, to spend their time doing a pursuit they never previously had time to do or just to experience simple island life. The main characters are a photographer turned baker who’s now trying his hand at running a pub, a schoolteacher who gave it all up to become a master brewer, a German foot model who’s now the island’s vet and tour guide, a flower farmer who’s discovered his talents really lie in painting landscapes and the Bishop’s chauffeur and former farm labourer who followed a calling to become Chaplain to the Isles.

These characters are real people, the writer and broadcaster Nigel Farrell spends a summer living with these people and discovers that living on a island can sometimes be very tough but also like nothing else he has ever encountered. The beautiful scenery of the island is breathtaking and helps even the most cynical of minds realise that we really all are just trying to live a happy and fulfilled life, its just that some people choose to do it in a very different way.

The Scilly Isles is one of the most remote parts of England. The small population is constantly leaving the islands for the mainland, those left behind are having to work harder and harder to make a living. Nigel Farrell helped create a documentary for BBC2 filming the islanders over a period of two years the series was called ‘An Island Parish’.

With a cast of fascinating characters and a beautiful setting, this is the story of the events during a summer on the island.

The book seeks out the funniest, saddest and most interesting experiences of island life and will certainly make you dream of a life far away on a unspoilt island surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches and sparkling (if a little chilly) seas.

I would definitely recommend this book, its easy to follow and get absorbed in and clearly demonstrates there is never a dull moment when living on an island!

If you have read this book or something similar then I’d love to hear about it, any recommendations for similar reads also greatly received! Now time to put the kettle on, biscuits out and on with the page turning…………

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Finding a good body moisturiser

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Like a lot of people I suffer from dry skin and no matter what the time of year it seems to be the same, its either due to being in the sun or in the winter its due to exposure to central heating or cold wintry days. I have been trying to find a body moisturiser that lasts i.e. works all day for a long time and finally I have found it! To be honest its been right under my nose the entire time, its The Body Shop Body Butter.  I have bought Body Shop products for years but never thought to try the body butter out choosing to pass it by on the shelf and buy my trustee shower gels instead. The body butter I have been using is the blueberry one and I can honestly say the smell isn’t too sickly sweet.  I apply it in the morning after my shower and at bedtime my skin is still as moisturised as it was over 8 hours ago. Another plus point with this product is a little goes a long way. The 200 ml pot costs around £13 so its not the cheapest moisturiser out there but if it does the job well then in my mind its money well spent!  (They also do a 50 ml pot for £5). The 200 ml Blueberry butter is currently on their site with 50% off too. There are quite a few different ones to choose from, here is a link to their site The Body Shop Body Butter  So why not give it try, I want to use mine up quickly now just so that I can try the other varieties!