Orkney by Amy SackvilleOrkney by Amy Sackville


byAmy Sackville

Paperback | February 6, 2014

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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?
AMY SACKVILLE was born in 1981. She studied English and Theatre Studies at Leeds, and went on to do an MPhil in English at Exeter College, Oxford, and an MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths. Her first novel was The Still Point. www.amysackville.co.uk
Title:OrkneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.49 × 5.29 × 0.68 inPublished:February 6, 2014Publisher:Granta PublicationsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1847086659

ISBN - 13:9781847086655


Editorial Reviews

"Author Amy Sackville is resolutely drawn to civilisation's outer edges. For the follow-up to her Orange Prize Shortlisted debut, she retreated to Orkney. In her adept hands this lyrical tale of a honeymooning professor and his enigmatic young bride brings the murky maritime beauty of the remote Scottish Archipelago to life." - Vogue"The blustery sea provides an appropriate backdrop to this brooding novel... the language is intelligent and evocative. Images of ferry boats, rock pools and blankets create a sense of safety. Generous application of commas and a sparing use of quotation marks create a lilting, flowing narrative suggestive of sea rhythms... In a clever way, Sackville becomes inventive with the appearance of the text. Fragmented sentences describe the character's abrupt departure. Gaps of white space on the page evoke the left-behind spouse's sense of abandonment. At this time the point of Orkney emerges: this is a story not about love, but about power." - Theresa Muñoz, Scottish Review of Books"Sackville's second novel is poetic, dreamlike and beautifully written." - Kate Saunders, The Times"Lyrical and compelling ... readers will be gripped from start to finish ... Orkney is entirely original. Sackville's beautiful and poignant novel reminds us of the real nature of tradition, which is not only to insist on retelling old stories, but also to remake them in our own image, for our own time ... In Orkney myth slips free from the dust and politesse of the library, and assumes a vivid, dangerous and unparaphraseable existence." - John Burnside, Times Literary Supplement"What begins as a familiar, almost fairytale-like narrative ends as something more fragmented, unsettling... Providing a brooding, bruised, ever-changing backdrop to all this is Orkney, the book's most compelling character of all. In a tribute to Virginia Woolf's experimental masterpiece, The Waves, the sea in Orkney functions as a kind of rhythmic talisman, its ebb and flow mirrored in the actions, ideas, and themes of the book. More than anything, Sackville's Orkney is a breathtaking place in the most literal of senses." - Chitra Ramaswamy, Scotsman"A haunting novel set on a beautifully described remote island in Orkney ... It's like a folk ballad, full of otherworldly emotion and strange impulses." - Eithne Farry, Marie Claire"A truly remarkable feat of writing ... it sets Amy Sackville up as one of the UK's most exciting new writers ... she is a genius with her turn of phrase: deft, evocative and clever. One of those writers who so vividly illustrates her story it's actually physically satisfying to read." - Lizzie Pook, Stylist"Orkney... is certainly evocative: poetic, lyrical, lush in texture ... Orkney has power." - Holly Williams, Independent"Amy Sackville: you'll be hearing more about her ... Sackville manages to capture something genuinely interesting..." - Thomas Quinn, Big Issue"Sackville's beautiful descriptive prose transports the reader to a chilling landscape." - Victoria Burt, Huddersfield Examiner"With this intense, daring book, Sackville - already a writer of promise - has shown how very good she can be." - William Skidelsky, Daily Telegraph"Sackville clearly has a gift for the poetic, writing beautifully of everything she touches upon." - Francesca Angelina, Sunday Times"The great power of the novel is its lyricism, which gives the bleak and inhospitable landscape an air of enchantment." - Eli Davies, Review 31"The foreboding atmosphere that Sackville's prose creates is a joy." - Gemma Kappala-Ramsamy, Observer"Amy Sackville's second novel is strangely beautiful and absolutely beguiling, full of magical turns of phrase, rich in nods to legend, imbued with understanding of those islands. It is a masterful depiction of the treacherous waters of desire and the potential maelstrom of 'those tales first told which colour the cast of [our] thoughts'." - Rebecca K. Morrison, Independent"Her prose shimmers... an absolute pleasure to read." - Country Life"A troubling, deeply romantic tale..." - Belfast Telegraph".Sackville does not force sense onto feeling. As in "Nightwood," by Djuna Barnes, and "The Waves," by Virginia Woolf, the prose in "Orkney" is so compelling one does not read to find out what happens, but to find out how it will be described." - Hannah Tennant-Moore, The New York Times