Looking to stay ‘On Island’?
I’ve collected some of the most popular books about the island or that feature the island. I’ll expand the list as I go along. You can click on each book link to order it on Amazon (disclosure: these are affiliate links, so we’ll get a small commission on every sale, which we appreciate).
The two books at the top were written by Holy Island residents, and provide a unique perspective. I also added maps that you might find useful.
A great example of how history can come to life when told by someone connected to the place they are writing about. Island resident Kate Tristram is a historian and priest and above all a great story-teller.
Written by Holy Island local, John Bevan, this illustrated book provides insights into the island’s character and history, for visitors who wish to get the ‘insider view’ of the island. Available in paperback.
Peter Mortimer’s mission to spend 100 days on Holy Island in 2001 and write a book about it was met with suspicion on the island. For some, it is still a sore point, and others have embraced his work as a snapshot of a moment in time through his prism. Either way, it is an interesting read.
The author’s name, Magnus Magnusson, pretty much says it all. An in-depth guide to Holy Island’s history, saints, natural environment etc etc. A worthwhile tome for fans of completeness.
Published in 2014.
We love this map so much, we leave a copy for our guests to use during their visit. It includes a map of the island, a street plan of the village, a list of places to visit and a brief history. Really well done.
Ordnance Survey’s Map 340 Holy Island and Bamburgh. Recommended for walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts. Includes a digital version of the paper map, accessed through the OS smartphone app.
Moffat embarks on a secular pilgrimage in the footsteps of St Cuthbert to Holy Island, starting in Melrose. He attempts to understand the saint/the man through the lens of history and gain a deeper appreciation of the landscapes/events that shaped him and his image.
The author’s enthusiasm for Holy Island and its history shines through this book that takes us through the heritage of saints Aidan and Cuthbert, the Viking attack on Lindisfarne, the Castle and present day (as it was in 2009).