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Isle

ISBN 
9781415210642
Format 
Paperback
Recommended Price 
R290.00
Published 
March 2021
About the book: 
Two islands. Two women.
 
The year is 1289 and an injured young man washes up on an island of women. He is taken in by a sculptor who sees in him the perfect model for her Christ, although her real masterwork will be a larger-than-life Virgin. But the Church will come to reject this sisterhood of unmarried women on the island, and they are bound to lose their small freedoms. Centuries later, a lieutenant is sent to an island to dispose of unexploded ordnance. As an erstwhile World War ii flight nurse trained to evacuate wounded soldiers, she too has gazed upon, and been haunted by, the bodies of broken young men. For her, a fraught love affair with a local man will ignite, while his teenage daughter looks on.
 
Binding the lives – so different and so similar – of women separated by time and place, Claire Robertson’s Isle  is an all-encompassing rumination on privacy, inhibition and female desire, rendered in her masterful prose.
 
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About the Author

Claire Robertson is the author of The Spiral House, winner of the 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and a South African Literary Award, and shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize, and The Magistrate of Gower, shortlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times Fiction Prize, and Under Glass,  shortlisted for the 2019 Sunday Times  Fiction Prize. She lives in Simon’s Town.

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