These Islands A Portrait of the British Isles is the first hardback book from independent travel magazine Cereal and is printed on uncoated, G.F. Smith paper here in the UK.
Writers Richard Aslan and Charlie Lee-Potter guide you through these islands, their words casting light on the landscape and uncovering the fascination hidden beneath the surface. Alongside the 13 location pieces, three longer essays reveal the romance of rain, study the geological history of the islands, and discuss the characteristics of its wildlife.
The writing is written from a first person’s point of view the entire time, and is highly visual in its language, to corroborate what you’re seeing in the accompanying photography helping you meander through our corner of the world. It’s a wonderful reminder that choosing travel destinations closer to home can be equally as exhilarating as far-flung locales.
Explore the peaks of Snowdonia, the shadows of Glen Coe, the rural idylls of the Lake District, and the windswept paths of the Wild Atlantic Way. Walk the historic streets of London, trace the elegant curves of Bath, and climb the gothic spires of Edinburgh. Cross to the Isle of Skye in the north, and sail to the Isles of Scilly in the south.
Photographers Finn Beales, Jonathan Gregson, Kate Holstein and Rich Stapleton – selected for the visual drama they provide to the pages to Cereal – bring brooding skies, crashing seas, hills, forests, pinnacles and battlements.
for those of you wondering, These Islands is dramatically different from Cereal magazine, it has its own identity and own voice and is not just a longer version of the magazine.
The nature of ‘coffee table’ books is to be more visual, so with that in mind, the text per place has been kept to no more than 700 words. Rosa Park, Co-founder and Editor in Chief at Cereal, explained that this is with the hope people will actually read it in its entirety, as so many of us are guilty of buying beautiful tomes and flicking through the pics and leaving it on a table or on a bookshelf without having read one word.
Picking up These Islands and flicking through its pages it is easy to see why it was nearly 3 years in the making….apparently just picking the paper alone took months and months! There are four unique canvasses by artist Spencer Fung providing evocative stopping points along the way as you work through destinations, seasons and and intricately researched content.
These Islands is now available from Heart Gallery and if you have a personal love for the British Isles then wander in to take a peek, £45 is money well spent we say. These Islands will take you on a journey across the landscape, both natural and urban, that forms the British Isles, through powerful imagery, prose and poetry. x