Nominated by:

Tampere City Library, Finland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Granta Books, UK


Amy Sackville      

2015 Longlist

On a remote island in Orkney, a curiously matched couple arrive on their honeymoon. He is an eminent literature professor; she was his pale, enigmatic star pupil. Alone beneath the shifting skies of this untethered landscape, the professor realises how little he knows about his new bride and yet, as the days go by and his mind turns obsessively upon the creature who has so beguiled him, she seems to slip ever further from his yearning grasp. Where does she come from? Why did she ask him to bring her north? What is it that constantly draws her to the sea?

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Amy Sackville was born in 1981. She studied English and Theatre Studies at Leeds, and went on to an MPhil in English at Exeter College, Oxford, and last year completed the MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths. She is the author of The Still Point (which won the John Llewellyn Rhys award and was longlisted for the Orange Prize) and Orkney.

Librarian’s Comments

In her book the author seems to have found that elusive acre of land between the salt water and the sea strand. Truly a haunting work, Orkney takes both the reader and the language of prose to the edge of the known world.

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