Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “In Search of Angels: Travels to the Edge of the World” as Want to Read:
In Search of Angels: Travels to the Edge of the World
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

In Search of Angels: Travels to the Edge of the World

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Fourteen centuries ago, Irish saints brought the Word of God to the Hebrides and Scotland’s Atlantic shore. These ‘white martyrs’ sought solitude, remoteness, even harshness, in places apart from the world where they could fast, pray and move closer to an understanding of God: places where they could see angels. Columba, who founded the famous monastery at Iona, was the mo ...more
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Birlinn
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about In Search of Angels, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about In Search of Angels

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-35
Average rating 4.57  · 
Rating details
 ·  7 ratings  ·  3 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of In Search of Angels: Travels to the Edge of the World
John
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
The thought of travelling from Ireland to Scotland in a flimsy boat made of wood and cowhide may now seem foolhardy but it was a normal and regular means of travel for Irish monks many centuries ago. Moffat follows the trail of these 6th century monks who were seeking solitude or wanted to spread the gospel. His research is extensive and he gives a good understanding of the trials and experiences of these monks. He also provides some general information on the history of Scotland and describes t ...more
Chris Tyson
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Somewhere between travel writing and a history of the saints of Western Scotland, this book is actually quite interesting and informative and performs well in both regards. It could probably do with a section of pictures, but overall is a good introduction to the subject. The author talks at length about Gaelic, and whilst this is relevant and interesting, I did think it detracted from the flow a little.
Murdo Murchison
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A good read, giving a nice overview of some of Scotland's early history and influence of the Church in Scotlands development. The author visits a number of islands and places and gives his experience along with an overview of the early history of the place. He often gives insight in to Scottish culture and feeling as well. Worth reading beforehand if visiting Oban, Iona, Lismore, Applecross etc or if you just want to learn about some Sottish islands. ...more
Carolyn Julian
rated it it was amazing
Nov 16, 2020
David Collin
rated it it was amazing
May 05, 2021
Euge
rated it it was amazing
May 04, 2021
Thomas Small
rated it really liked it
Feb 26, 2021
James Harrison
marked it as to-read
Jul 07, 2020
Eloise
marked it as to-read
Aug 21, 2020
Susan
marked it as to-read
Sep 03, 2020
Jade
added it
Sep 12, 2020
Elizabeth
marked it as to-read
Oct 16, 2020
Ivan Moses
marked it as to-read
Oct 30, 2020
John MacLeod
marked it as to-read
Nov 04, 2020
Oldjoanna
marked it as to-read
Nov 12, 2020
Michelle
marked it as to-read
Nov 13, 2020
Cameron Climie
marked it as to-read
Nov 13, 2020
Bri
marked it as to-read
Nov 13, 2020
D
marked it as to-read
Nov 14, 2020
Keith
marked it as to-read
Nov 14, 2020
aNorthernSoul  Lightbown
marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2020
Susan
marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2020
Nina
marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2020
Dustin Taylor
marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2020
John Lynch
marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2020
bryon stone
marked it as to-read
Nov 25, 2020
Craig O'Callaghan
marked it as to-read
Nov 26, 2020
Helen
marked it as to-read
Nov 27, 2020
Dorothy
marked it as to-read
Nov 29, 2020
Eric
marked it as to-read
Dec 19, 2020
Suzanne
marked it as to-read
Dec 25, 2020
Charlotte
marked it as to-read
Dec 26, 2020
Lorna
marked it as to-read
Dec 26, 2020
Elkina
is currently reading it
Dec 29, 2020
toomanybooks
marked it as to-read
Jan 03, 2021
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism's Looming Catastrophe
  • The Return of Moriarty (Professor Moriarty, #1)
  • A Song for the Dark Times (Inspector Rebus #23)
  • Trouble in the Glen
  • A Private Cathedral (Dave Robicheaux #23)
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
  • The Awakening: A History of the Western Mind AD 500 - AD 1700
  • Eight Perfect Murders
  • How We Decide
  • A Silent Death
  • The Flinck Connection (Genevieve Lenard, #4)
  • Gray Matter (Thomas Prescott, #2)
  • Long Time Coming
  • The Man From St. Petersburg
  • The System: Who Owns the Internet, and How It Owns Us
  • The Shepherd's Life: A People's History of the Lake District
  • Malice Aforethought
  • The Burnside Mystery Series, Boxed Set #1 (Books 1-3)
See similar books…
88 followers
Alistair Moffat is an award winning writer, historian and former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television.

Moffat was educated at the University of St Andrews, graduating in 1972 with a degree in Medieval History. He is the founder of the Borders Book Festival and Co-Chairman of The Great Tapestry of Scotland.

News & Interviews

The last five years of world history have been nothing if not...eventful. When living in interesting times, there's nothing better for...
20 likes · 0 comments