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Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg

Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg

Island of Wings

 Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg


Island of Wings


Karin Altenberg 

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Historical Fiction, Literature & Fiction

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Would you go to the end of the earth for love?

1830. Neil and Lizzie MacKenzie, a newly married young couple, arrive at the remotest part of the British Isles: St Kilda. He is a minister determined to save the souls of the pagan inhabitants; his pregnant wife speaks no Gaelic and, when her husband is away, has only the waves and the cry of gulls for company.

As both find themselves tested to the limit in this harsh new environment, Lizzie soon discovers that marriage is as treacherous a country as the land that surrounds her.

On the ten-hour sailing west from the Hebrides to the islands of St Kilda, everything lies ahead for Lizzie and Neil MacKenzie.
Neil is to become the minister to the small community of islanders and Lizzie, his new wife, is pregnant with their first child.
Neil's journey is evangelical: a testing and strengthening of his own faith against the old pagan ways of the St Kildans, but it is also a passage to atonement.


'A beautiful story of love and loss, precise, subtle, spiritually alive' Andrew O'Hagan.
'This lovely, haunting novel evokes the rough beauty of St Kilda ... A story of faith and love' The Times.
'Stunning' Guardian.
'Her literary achievement is astonishing ... A superb book' Scotsman.
'I was enchanted by the magic of the storytelling. This is a novelist with a future' Michael Holroyd, New Statesman.
'Emotional intensity is foregrounded and the nuances of Neil and Lizzie's relationship are set out in the writing like a heart on a sleeve ... Neil's psychological flaws are convincingly drawn' Guardian.
'Compelling' Daily Mail.
'This is an accomplished debut, beautiful and compelling' Good Book Guide.
'Karin Altenberg's debut novel is an impressive work of research and descriptive writing about Nature and place in a second language ... a penetrating insight into the psychology of a religious zealot and a relationship rolling inevitably towards destruction' Country Life.

About the Author:

Karin Altenberg was born and brought up in southern Sweden, Karin Altenberg moved to Britain to study in 1996. She holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Reading. Her thesis was published in 2001 and won the Nordenstedska Foundation Award. She is currently senior advisor to the Swedish National Heritage Board and is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.

Her first, bestselling novel, Island of Wings, was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.

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