Skin: a gripping historical page-turner perfect for fans of Game of Thrones

Skin: a gripping historical page-turner perfect for fans of Game of Thrones

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'A visceral tale of ritual, magic and violence' - The Sunday Times

Imagine a world where everyone is born with a 'skin' name. Without skin you cannot learn, you are not permitted to marry, and you grow up an outsider amongst your own people.

This is no future dystopia. This is Celtic Britain.

It is AD 43. For the Caer Cad, 'skin' name determines lineage and identity. Ailia does not have skin; despite this, she is a remarkable young woman, intelligent, curious and brave. As a dark threat grows on the horizon - the aggressive expansion of the Roman Empire - Ailia must embark on an unsanctioned journey to attain the knowledge that will protect her people, and their pagan way of life, from the most terrifying invaders they have ever faced... and it is this unskinned girl who will come to hold the fate of her people in her hands.

'Those who root for Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen will find much to love in Ailia's personal quest' - New Daily Australia
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 164 x 240 x 32mm | 598g
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473616425
  • 9781473616424
  • 356,290

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'What a brilliant and original idea for a novel. I couldn't resist reading the first line and then the first paragraph, then the first chapter, even though I was supposed to be doing something else. I am hooked! [Ilka] is an amazing writer.' Karen Maitland, author of The Vanishing Witch
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A tender, lyrical novel of family and fame * S Magazine * Blends historical fiction and fantasy to great effect...a page-turning novel of transcendence and change * Guardian * '[Skin] slowly sucks you in and before you know it you've been completely hooked...At its core, Skin is a young girl's coming of age story, but its resonant prose, distinct characters, thematic depth and emotional sensitivity all combine to form a tale as evocative as it is compelling. 9/10' * Starburst Magazine * 'Conjuring up a wholly alien world with impressive imagination, Tampke has created a visceral tale of ritual, magic and violence' * The Sunday Times * 'Ilka Tampke's intriguing Skin is a cracker...A thrilling debut, it throbs with the passions of a young woman's sexual awakening and paints a brutal world teeming with enticing detail that teases out a pagan past soon to be subsumed by Christianity...Those who root for Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen will find much to love in Ailia's personal quest, with Tampke more successfully navigating the realms of almost fantasy than Ishiguro, marking her out as an exciting talent to watch.' * New Daily Australia * `Skin is a beautiful and brilliant book, a masterpiece' -- John Marsden, author of the Tomorrow series Powerful and assured...Skin will appeal to lovers of historical fiction and lovers of literary fiction equally as well. It is an accomplished, absorbing and powerful debut. * The Hoopla * [An] enticing and immensely satisfying debut * Good Reading Australia * I loved the depth, sincerity and beauty of Skin. It gives a name and a shape to our capacity for yearning. -- Isobelle Carmody, author of the Obernewtyn Chronicles This book gripped me from the first, with a haunting scene of spirit and sacrifice in the opening pages that left me horrified and intrigued; from there I could barely pull myself away from the book and Ailia's journey -- Alphareader.com I am in awe of Ilka's ability to recreate a Britain of AD 43. Caer Cad is alive and I felt I was there, standing by its fires, from page one. A great book -- Cecilia Ekback, author of WOLF WINTER 'Skin is a mesmerising read, set in a distant past that feels both real and magical. Filled with drama and passion, it is also an intensely soulful story about courage, sacrifice and belonging. I was captivated.' -- Antonia Hodgson, author of THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA 'What a brilliant and original idea for a novel. I couldn't resist reading the first line and then the first paragraph, then the first chapter, even though I was supposed to be doing something else. I am hooked! [Ilka] is an amazing writer.' -- Karen Maitland, author of The Vanishing Witch
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About Ilka Tampke

Ilka Tampke teaches fiction at RMIT University in Melbourne. Her first novel, Skin, was published in eight countries and was nominated for the Voss Literary Prize and the Aurealis Awards in Australia. Ilka was selected for the WHSmith Fresh Talent in 2016. She lives on five acres in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria.
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Rating details

736 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 25% (181)
4 38% (276)
3 27% (202)
2 8% (61)
1 2% (16)
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