The Lost Lights of St Kilda
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The Lost Lights of St Kilda

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'Desperately romantic, lyrically written and with a fascinating plot.' Katie Fforde, author of A Rose Petal Summer

1927: When Fred Lawson takes a summer job on St Kilda, little does he realise that he has joined the last community to ever live on that beautiful, isolated island. Only three years later, St Kilda will be evacuated, the islanders near-dead from starvation. But for Fred, that summer - and the island woman, Chrissie, whom he falls in love with - becomes the very thing that sustains him in the years ahead.

1940: Fred has been captured behind enemy lines in France and finds himself in a prisoner-of-war camp. Beaten and exhausted, his thoughts return to the island of his youth and the woman he loved and lost. When Fred makes his daring escape, prompting a desperate journey across occupied territory, he is sustained by one thought only: finding his way back to her.

The Lost Lights of St Kilda is a sweeping love story that will cross oceans and decades. It is a moving and deeply vivid portrait of two lovers, a desolate island, and the extraordinary power of hope in the face of darkness.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • Corvus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1786499711
  • 9781786499714

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Days after finishing this deeply moving story, written with such a simple yet lyrical prose, I still feel haunted by it and cannot imagine anyone being able to read it without being similarly affected. * New Books Magazine * A moving story simply and beautifully told. * Tim Pears, author of The Redeemed * I can't think of anyone who writes about love and life like Elisabeth Gifford, or anyone who conveys so lyrically the natural beauty of Scotland and its islands. The Lost Lights of St Kilda is a glorious novel. You won't be able to put it down for a minute. * Suellen Dainty, author of The Housekeeper * A beautifully written and heart-rending story of love, loss and redemption. * Sophia Tobin, author of The Silversmith's Wife * A compelling love story set against the dramatic backdrops of a remote Scottish island and war-torn France. As beautiful and haunting as St Kilda itself, this is a book that will stay with me for a long time. * Gill Thompson, author of The Oceans Between Us * Such an atmospheric read and very moving. Two pieces of forgotten history woven immaculately. * Lorna Cook, author of The Forgotten Village * This is not only a love story between two people, but also between an island and its inhabitants. Richly detailed and evocative, the novel shines a light on the fascinating history of St Kilda, and the last community to call it home. * Kat Gordon, author of An Unsuitable Woman * The wild beauty and intense isolation of the Scottish island of St Kilda is vividly realised by Elisabeth Gifford in her new novel set around the Second World War. As gorgeously written as it's quietly devastating. * Kate Riordan, author of The Girl in the Photograph * The characters are exquisitely drawn, and the slowly emerging love story rings entirely true. This is one of the best novels I've read in a long while, a real jewel. * Gill Paul, author of The Secret Wife * I loved this book. Beautifully written and descriptive... The twisted threads weave an engaging plot which takes us on a trail of human courage and measures the cost of betrayal. Set in the last poignant years of life on remote St Kilda and in war-torn Europe, it paints both worlds with a vividness that is wholly convincing. * Sarah Maine, author of The House Between Tides * Desperately romantic, lyrically written and with a fascinating plot. * Katie Fforde, author of A Rose Petal Summer *
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About Elisabeth Gifford

Elisabeth Gifford grew up in a vicarage in the industrial Midlands. She studied French literature and world religions at Leeds University. She has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford OUDCE and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College. She is married with three children, and lives in Kingston upon Thames.
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