Close
(0) items
You have no items in your shopping cart.
Browse
    Filters
    Preferences
    Search

    An Island

    £9.99
    A young refugee washes up unconscious on the beach of a small island inhabited by no one but Samuel, an old lighthouse keeper. Unsettled, Samuel is soon swept up in memories of his former life on the mainland: a life that saw his country suffer, then fight for independence, only to fall to a cruel dictator; he recalls his own part in its history.
    ISBN: 9781910688922
    AuthorKaren Jennings
    Pub Date12/11/2020
    Pages192
    Availability: In Stock

    LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE

    "A gripping, terrifying and unforgettable story." Elleke Boehmer

    Samuel has lived alone for a long time; one morning he finds the sea has brought someone to offer companionship and to threaten his solitude...
    A young refugee washes up unconscious on the beach of a small island inhabited by no one but Samuel, an old lighthouse keeper. Unsettled, Samuel is soon swept up in memories of his former life on the mainland: a life that saw his country suffer under colonisers, then fight for independence, only to fall under the rule of a cruel dictator; and he recalls his own part in its history. In this new man's presence he begins to consider, as he did in his youth, what is meant by land and to whom it should belong. To what lengths will a person go in order to ensure that what is theirs will not be taken from them?
    A novel about guilt and fear, friendship and rejection; about the meaning of home.

    *
    *
    *

    LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE

    "A gripping, terrifying and unforgettable story." Elleke Boehmer

    Samuel has lived alone for a long time; one morning he finds the sea has brought someone to offer companionship and to threaten his solitude...
    A young refugee washes up unconscious on the beach of a small island inhabited by no one but Samuel, an old lighthouse keeper. Unsettled, Samuel is soon swept up in memories of his former life on the mainland: a life that saw his country suffer under colonisers, then fight for independence, only to fall under the rule of a cruel dictator; and he recalls his own part in its history. In this new man's presence he begins to consider, as he did in his youth, what is meant by land and to whom it should belong. To what lengths will a person go in order to ensure that what is theirs will not be taken from them?
    A novel about guilt and fear, friendship and rejection; about the meaning of home.

    Customers who bought this item also bought

    Scott-land: The Man Who Invented a Nation

    £12.99
    Stuart Kelly's biography of Sir Walter Scott defies classification in terms of genre. Rather than a literary biography, or critical study, it is a personal examination of the sometimes overwhelming affect Scott has had on Scottish identity at large, and on how his legacy affects the very act of writing in Scotland.

    Shuggie Bain

    £8.99
    Recommended by Genevieve Fay, our Communities Programme Officer:

    Having recently been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, it is no wonder that many people, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, are reaching for a copy of Shuggie Bain. Douglas Stuart has written this powerful debut novel drawing on his own life experiences.

    Set in 1980s Glasgow, which seems to be unravelling under the weight of its own identity crisis, families struggle with unemployment, crushing poverty, and the waves of addiction that are engulfing much of the city. It is a book of both sadness and beauty, a chronicle of memorable characters, their defiance and hope in the face of the grim realities of life and survival.

    The Wild Silence

    £9.99