These Islands is a portrait of the British Isles told through powerful imagery, prose and poetry. It is the first book from Francis, a newly formed publishing house and creative studio by the creators of Cereal magazine.
It takes the reader on a journey across the landscape, both natural and urban, that forms the British Isles. Explore the peaks of Snowdonia, the shadows of Glen Coe, the rural idylls of the Lake District, and the windswept paths of the Wild Atlantic Way. Walk the historic streets of London, trace the elegant curves of Bath, and climb the gothic spires of Edinburgh. Cross to the Isle of Skye in the north, sail to the Isles of Scilly in the south.
Writers Richard Aslan and Charlie Lee-Potter guide you through these islands, their words casting light on the landscape and uncovering the fascination hidden beneath the surface. Alongside the 13 location pieces, three longer essays reveal the romance of rain, study the geological history of the islands, and discuss the characteristics of its wildlife.
Photographers Finn Beales, Jonathan Gregson, Kate Holstein and Rich Stapleton – selected for the visual drama they provide to the pages to Cereal – bring brooding skies, crashing seas, hills, forests, pinnacles and battlements. Artist Spencer Fung’s four unique canvasses, meanwhile, provide evocative stopping points along the way.
Designed by Studio Faculty and printed on G . F Smith papers, the book is imbued with the same high production values and sense of beauty as Cereal magazine. These Islands is a title that combines a meticulous eye for detail, striking visuals, and intricately researched content.