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‘A truly talented writer, Sackville’s skill is in her poetic, lyrical writing…a beautiful, mystical novel of love, obsession and loss.’

Sandeep Mahal
Head of the Reading Partners Scheme at The Reading Agency


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?

About Amy Sackville:

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 an MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths. Her first novel was The Still Point.

Orkney is published by Granta. Read a review of Orkney here.