Letters from Skokholm
by R.M. Lockley

Having lived on Skokholm, his “dream island”, for twelve years, the coming of the Second World War forced the naturalist R M Lockley to abandon his life there; so he began writing about its history and wildlife. This book is the result of those letters.

Author: R.M. Lockley

Introduction: Adam Nicolson

Published October 2010


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‘In a world on the brink of chaos, it is the miniature which starts to carry the heaviest freight of meaning’
Adam Nicolson

When R.M. Lockley settled on Skokholm, an uninhabited island off the Pembrokeshire coast, he was 24 years old. It was a boyhood dream to be ‘with birds and flowers in some remote place’, to live like Robinson Crusoe.

But when war broke out in September 1939, this dream island life had to be abandoned. Knowing he may never return, Lockley began writing about the history and wildlife of his beloved island. He sent what he wrote to his friend and brother-in-law John Buxton – a naturalist captured by the Germans in Norway in 1940. These letters to a prisoner-of-war, intended to solace Buxton in his captivity, became Letters from Skokholm. Our new edition includes the illustrations by C.F. Tunnicliffe that appeared in the first edition.


Introduced by Adam Nicolson
Cover illustration by Kyffin Williams

216 x 156mm sewn paperback with flaps
248 pages with 40 B/W engravings by C.F. Tunnicliffe
ISBN 978 0 9562545 8 0

Additional Information

Weight350 g
Dimensions14 x 156 x 216 mm


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