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The Island House: Our Wild New Life on a Tiny Cornish Isle

Mary Considine

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Cornwall, Memoirs, Rural communities, Travel writing

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A timeless memoir - a couple flee the city and carve out a life for themselves on a rugged Cornish island.

'Full of smugglers tales, childhood memories and the real-life struggles of living on a remote island.' - Touring Tales
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'In the January dark, a young man walks slowly into the sea. He can't see where he is going, but he knows the island is calling...'

Mary and Patrick's dream was to live in London, have 2.4 children, the nice house, the successful jobs. But life had other plans, and in one traumatic year that all came crashing down.

Bruised and battered, Mary finds herself pulled towards Cornwall and dreams of St George's Island, where she spent halcyon childhood summers. So, when an opportunity arises to become tenants if they renovate the old Island House, they grab it with both hands.

Life on the island is hard, especially in winter, the sea and weather, unforgiving. But the rugged natural beauty, the friendly ghosts of previous inhabitants, and the beautiful isolation of island life bring hope and purpose, as they discover a resilience they never knew they had.

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Mary Considine

Growing up in the flat landscape of Bedfordshire, Mary Considine fell in love with Cornwall and the sea on her first visit as a small child. Distracted by the badlands of London, she spent the 90s writing and directing plays on the London and Edinburgh Fringe, and scriptwriting. Work included Angels, Time Out Critics Choice; The Other Half, commissioned by the Carlton TV screenwriting initiative; and a short film The Hand Job, shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank/Channel 4 short film competition. The noughties were spent teaching drama in secondary schools in the hills of North Yorkshire and, in pursuit of her now husband, back in London, before realising her impossible dream of moving to St George's Island in 2010.

She now lives in North Devon with her husband, Patrick, and seven horses.

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