Out for a lunchtime walk yesterday, I decided to pop into the local bookshop for a browse, not particularly intending to buy anything.
However, in the ‘travel’ section, I came across a lovely little book called ‘Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I have not visited and never will’ by Judith Schlansky. As I leafed through the book, beautifully presented, I realised that in a manner of speaking, I had ‘visited’ many of the islands mentioned through the medium of radio.
When we have a contact with a distant island though, it is easy for it to be just a tick on a list and very often we have little sense of what life is like there. This is where this book comes in nicely!
For each island, there’s a map – as well as a couple of pages with some background to the island. In fact, the entry for Annabon relates directly to amateur radio and the aborted DXpedition in the early years of the ‘noughties’.St Kilda’s entry was even sadder, describing the issues of infant mortality that had beset the island.
I only browsed a handful of islands last night, but for anyone who is interested in the big wide world out there, and I’m certain that includes many radio amateurs – you’ll love this book!