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    DescriptionLonglisted for the Orange Prize 2012. 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.


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    Title
    Island of Wings
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Karin Altenberg
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 197 mm
    Weight: 258 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780857382337
    ISBN 10: 0857382330
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    DC23: 823.92
    Publisher
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Imprint name
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Publication date
    02 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Karin Altenberg was born in Sweden and moved to Britain to study in 1996. She holds a PhD in Archaeology. 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.
    Review quote
    '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.