Tide Race

Tide Race

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Tide Race is a remarkable account of life on Bardsey (known as Ynys Enlli to Welsh speakers), a remote and mysterious island off the coast of North Wales.

Brenda Chamberlain lived on the island from 1947 to 1961, during the last days of its hardy community. The combination of Bardsey, ancient site of Christian pilgrimage, wild and dangerous landscape, and Brenda Chamberlain, Royal Academy trained artist, results in a classic book, vividly illustrated by the author's line drawings.

This edition includes an Afterword by fellow artist Jonah Jones.

"Brilliantly compelling… it glows with small sharp pictures and arresting images"
The Sunday Times

"The book is lush, idiosyncratic and haunting"
The Observer

"Miss Chamberlain writes of the dangers and beauties of the place in a prose as taut and clear as her paintings... The line illustrations are admirable, and the typography excellently suited to present the constant undercurrents of poetry in the writer's reflections"
Arts Review

Painter and writer Brenda Chamberlain ( 1912-1971) lived on the island of Bardsey from 1947-1961, during the last days of its hardy community. The combination of Bardsey, site of ancient Christian pilgrimage, wild and dangerous landscape, and Chamberlain, Royal Academy trained artist, resulted in a classic book, vividly illustrated by the author's line drawings.