The Land of Maybe

A Faroe Islands Year

by Tim Ecott

  • Published: 12 Mar 2020
  • Price: 14.99
  • Format: B Format Hardback
  • Extent: 362p
  • ISBN: 9781780724225
  • Short Books territories:
    UK C/Wealth ex Can
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Following the natural cycle of the year, The Land of Maybe captures the essence of the 18 mysterious Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic. Here, a fast disappearing world is home to a close-knit society where just 50,000 people share Viking roots and a unique language. Buffeted by the elements in a volatile environment, the Faroese still hunt seabirds, herd pilot whales and eat mutton fermented in the salt winds that howl across dark fjords.

A passionate naturalist, Ecott immerses himself in this starkly beautiful landscape, revealing a way of life that maintains a deep connection to the past. The Land of Maybe offers a refuge from the freneticism of the modern world, and confronts some of the biggest challenges we face in trying to live in peace with nature.


‘This is Ecott at his best. His prose is incisive and elegiac. From the book’s opening line we are there among the gannets, the pilot whales and sea-butted cliffs, wrestling with the winds and the enigma that is this Land of Maybe. Absorbing stuff, full of the ancient lore and very modern predicaments that daily beset the proud Faroese on their rocky outpost.’ – Benedict Allen

‘The tough, mystical, intangible character of the Faroes is captured by Ecott’s gorgeously rich and descriptive writing that makes you believe you can smell the sea, hear the birds and feel the wind. A beautiful and evocative read.’ – Kate Humble

‘Filled with loving detail, humour and heart Faroes is a lyrical treat. Tim Ecott has created a raven-haunted love song to the intimate insecurity of island living and the salt-caked, tightly-braided culture of the Faroes.’ – Alison Kennedy

‘In this excellent book, Ecott’s evocative telling makes me want to go to this weird and wonderful place.’ – Paul Theroux

About Tim Ecott

Tim Ecott is a former BBC World Service staff correspondent. He has worked widely in Africa and the Indian Ocean. He writes documentaries for radio and screen and nonfiction, drawing heavily on his fondness for the natural world. His books include 'Neutral Buoyanc' (Penguin) and 'Vanilla: travels in search of the luscious substance'.