Suggested Reading List
Birds of Europe
Author: Lars Svensson
Description: Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second revised edition of this exquisite guide has been brought up to date with revised text and maps.
Eyewitness Guide Great Britain
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: With 1,400 photos, maps and excellent introductory chapters, this guide is both a general introduction to Great Britain and a region-by-region look at its attractions.
For the Love of Ireland, A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers
Author: Susan Cahill (Editor)
Description: Organized geographically, this rich anthology introduces Ireland through the words and lives of such luminaries as James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Frank McCourt and Samuel Beckett.
Great Britain and Ireland Map
Author: HEMA Maps
Description: A nicely detailed map showing both Great Britain and Ireland at a scale of 1:750,000.
How the Irish Saved Civilization
Author: Thomas Cahill
Description: This best-selling history tells the generally unknown story of Ireland's preservation of classical learning in the Dark Ages, revealing how the saints and scholars, monks and scribes labored to reproduce important texts and spread the learning as they evangelized Europe.
Iceland Adventure Map
Author: National Geographic Society
Description: A detailed, double-sided traveler's map at a scale of 1:465,000 by National Geographic.
Independent People, An Epic
Author: Halldor Laxness
Description: Rich in local color, this great mock-epic by the Icelandic Nobel Prize-winner features the indelible Bjartur of Summerhouses, a hard-headed, independent-minded sheep farmer.
Irish Fairy and Folk Tales
Author: W.B. Yeats
Description: Edited by the Nobel Prize-winning poet who spearheaded the Celtic Renaissance in the early 20th century, these enchanting stories introduce a cast of changelings, ghosts, mermaids, demons, saints, priests and fairies.
Kingdom by the Sea
Author: Paul Theroux
Description: This time, the prolific writer recounts a coastal journey around the British Isles in 1982, displaying his occasional ill temper alongside his celebrated ability to combine social history with a good old-fashioned traveler's tale.
Lonely Planet Iceland
Author: Deanna Swaney
Description: This concise guide to Iceland includes short essays on history, culture and attractions and plenty of practical travel information.
Scotland, A Concise History
Author: Fitzroy MacLean, Magnus Linklater (Contributor)
Description: This richly illustrated survey brings Scottish history up to the present through its romantic figures and bloody battles. With 250 well-integrated illustrations, this revised fourth edition includes a newly added chapter on Scotland’s place in the 21st century.
Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles
Author: Adam Nicolson
Description: Nicolson offers an engrossing account of a coastal voyage from Cornwall, along the western coast of Ireland, out to the Faeroes and to Orkney in this brief hymn to the sea.
The Book of Kells
Author: Bernard Meehan
Description: Written by the keeper of manuscripts at Trinity College, this book features 110 color illustrations, including enlargements, of some of the more spectacular decorations in this most famous of medieval manuscripts.
The British Isles, A History of Four Nations
Author: Hugh Kearney
Description: The Celts, Romans, Vikings, Normans and modern immigrants all make an appearance in Kearney's elegant and revisionist history of not just the English but also of the Scots, Welsh and Irish.
The Celts: A Very Short Introduction
Author: Barry W Cunliffe
Description: A concise, revealing social history of the Celts, by a reigning authority and popular writer.
The History of Iceland
Author: Gunnar Karlsson
Description: A history of Iceland from the Viking era through colonization, independence and the 20th century. Karlsson draws on the sagas and rich literature of Iceland in presenting this comprehensive history.
The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way
Author: Bill Bryson
Description: An indispensable guide to the language that divides us, this book is an informative linguistic history that showcases Bryson's wry wit.
The Pirate Queen, In Search of Grace O'Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea
Author: Barbara Sjoholm
Description: Tales of plucky female pirates and explorers in the North Atlantic. Long interested in women and seafaring, Sjoholm journeyed from Ireland out to the Shetland and Faroe islands, Iceland and Norway collecting folk-tales, stories and historical accounts of these remarkable seafaring heroines.
The Sagas of Icelanders
Author: Jane Smiley (Introduction), Robert Kellog (Illustrator)
Description: Nine sagas and six tales composed between the years 1000 and 1500, including an account of Leif Eriksson's voyage to North America, all newly translated. With an introduction by Jane Smiley.
The Story of England
Author: Christopher Hibbert
Description: Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic age to the 1990s is an excellent traveler's companion.
Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga
Author: William Fitzhugh (Editor), Elisabeth Ward (Editor)
Description: An extensively illustrated volume of Viking culture, history and exploration that focuses especially on voyages to North America. Published in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit, it features essays and 400 color photographs.
Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster, Traveling Through Scotland With Boswell and Johnson
Author: William W. Starr
Description: On his 3,000 mile literary pilgrimage, Starr traced the path (in reverse) James Boswell and Samuel Johnson took through Scotland in 1773. He combines biography, history, comic asides and passages from Boswell's and Johnson's accounts with his own observations to create a multifaceted travelogue.
Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide
Author: Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)
Description: This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland.