Island Wife


ISLAND WIFE: living on the edge of the wild

My childhood socks were always white, my frocks ironed. Each day predictable, safe. And yet the rebel was growing in me, restless, searching. I escaped. Aged 19, I was swept off my feet by a wild adventurer and married within months. Two small children later (with three more to come) complete with Labradors, cats, a heavy horse and our hearts full of dreams, we arrived on a remote Hebridean island to begin our life on the Tapsalteerie Estate. Nothing was ever predictable again.

ISLAND WIFE tells the story of Judy, who, at 19, met her Wild Pioneer. He whisked her off into an adventure, a marriage of forty years, and a life on a remote Hebridean island, where the sea-birds fly, the weather is always changing and whales swim in the deep. Along the way she bears five children, learns how to help run a rocky hill farm, a hotel, a recording studio and the first whale watching business in the UK  – all the while inventively making fraying ends meet. When her children start to leave home, things fall apart and there is sadness and joy in how she puts things back together. Judy tells her story in a clear and unique voice, in turns funny, unforgettable and intensely moving.

When I read my own story I can’t believe my life has been this way. It even makes me laugh now, although it didn’t at the time and there’s the point of it.

Any woman will relate to some part, and in that moment, be freed from her self doubt, and say to herself, ‘If she can do that with grace and humour, then so can I.’ It’s not just a book, it’s the courage to keep going, to never give up. __

Island wife is published by Two Roads and is out now.

Links: Judy’s website, featuring an online gallery of her art

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11 thoughts on “Island Wife

  1. I have again enjoyed of having people say to me “ what a wonderful recommendation of a book” it is one of those few found literature gems that’s asks no more of you than to enjoy and live your life to a tiny extent with you. Some years ago I had the utter pleasure of cooking for you and Oops whilst doing my time at Calgary, Pops loved his very rare steaks ! Your children then were at home with and a mixed bunch of human animals I have yet to encounter again, in a good way. They were wild in their spirit and gentle in their actions born to be outdoors living an adventure there on the Isle. So I wish you al” well , love to Pops in particular as he fights a big fight and to you for simply being you. Take care guys.

    Dave x

  2. Today I finished reading your book, which I bought on a whim in the Culloden Battlefield gift shop. (It was an odd place for a gift shop, but at least it led me to your book.) I loved your book. So richly atmospheric and detailed. I wish I could read it all over again for the first time.

  3. Deepest gratitude for a most amazing heart and soul story. More of a recognition and homecoming than just a good story. Manages to speak to every woman and it saved my life!!!!! Thank you thank you

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    • It is a wonderful thing to say -‘ I have changed’ – so many avoid and resist it and they lose out on the joy that is (so I am told) feeling ok, even good about the choices we make and the way we live them out. We fall, but we don’t stay down. J

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