I’ve never actually been to Iona but I think many who have won’t have experienced most of what this beautifully appointed and richly saturated book talks of, and shows us. Kenneth Steven’s words and Iain Sarjeant’s photographs reveal the ‘other island’ of Iona - the places the pilgrims don’t go to, the rest of the island; I now long to go to experience these other places.
Places as rich and beautiful as the known places if the words and pictures are anything to go by. This really is a beautiful book and it’s one that though not fixing itself on the spiritual side of Iona nevertheless fills my soul with a sublime prayer like joy - the photography is entrancing and filled with awe-inspiring detailed majesty of sea, water reflections, sand, scenery, and rain wet stones.
Mix this with the descriptive journey travel type narrative and graceful poems then there is in this book still a worthy prayer like reverence. If I sound like I’m extolling with too much inflated hyperbole here, I’m not. This beautiful book just demands such words. It’s perfect for those who love Iona and those who love beautiful books.
July 4th, 2015 - Posted & Written by Together Magazine