'I’m surprised and very pleased to have this little book acknowledged by the industry in this way. So, thank you.
'When I was writing this book I was never really sure what it was. Now that it’s safely behind me, I see that Island Home is a kind of love letter—to this place, its ecosystems and creatures, but also to its people. As I say somewhere in the book, this country leans in on you, it weighs down hard. Like family. Because it is family. And whether I like it or not, I’m caught up in its web, ensnared in all those family matters, organic and intangible, functional and dysfunctional, many of which make me shout at the telly and howl at the moon.' (Introduction)