100 Days on Holy Island is a quirky and often moving account of one man’s self-imposed exile to a remote island off the coast of North-east England. Eschewing the usual historical or religious portrayal, Mortimer gives a vivid, humorous and often dramatic account of a confirmed urbanite in a small, tight-knit community cut off twice daily by the tides.
Throwing himself into island life, he explores the landscape, people and myths that surround this remote ‘cradle of Chrisianity’. All of Mortimer’s experiences within this unique island community are depicted with warmth and humour. The bleak winter scenery and idiosyncrasies of the island’s inhabitants are described with an insight and understanding that could only have been achieved from personal experience. He helped in the local school, worked on the land, was the first person to be voluntarily cut off in the island refuge box and spent three tides isolated on the exposed outcrop, St Cuthbert’s Island.
The 100 days changed him – and probably changed the island. 100 Days on Holy Island is a personal homage to the island and a remarkable account of a micro-society unique in modern Britain.