Robert Macfarlane's Book of the Year 2014 in The Guardian & Candia McWilliam's Book of the Year 2014 in the Sunday Herald
'It is a Waterland for the Outer Hebrides...it's a major landmark in fiction of the islands...it's a landmark in Scottish literature and contemporary fiction more broadly...makes cunning shifts into para-memoir, pseudo-biography, hints of the documentary, but it s always mobile, always moving. Line for line, the voice was so lively, so inventive, that I relished each paragraph ... Story within story, concentrically nested, or maybe hung like hooks on a line to catch the readers... It's a bright and vivid and true book, and a work of literature, unmistakably. --Robert Macfarlane'Dense, compelling and wildly idiosyncratic, it's a novel that splits the form open like a fresh catch, glistening and raw and singing with the sea.' - Kirsty Gunn. 'It's absorbing and riveting. There's not a single paragraph in A Book of Death and Fish when we are not engaged by the vigour and jump and insistence of his voice.' --The Guardian<br ><br >'Poignant...Stephen brings a contained concentration and intensity to his chapters that is mesmerizing and true in a deeper way. ... here we have a novelist who has stayed his hand, has sifted and savoured his material a life, no less to be rendered into assembled precise particulars of the kind that evoke an era...' - The Scotsman'A Book Of Death And Fish may well take its place beside Moby-Dick...It will, I suspect, be one of those books I will not put down all my days.' --Candia McWilliam
'A fine, far-reaching and sensitive book.' --Northwords Now
'...there is a wealth of anecdote, creating a kind of patchwork quilt of narrative. The chronicle and the memoir elements combine to realize a gritty portrayal of life on Lewis, and Stephen's poet's eye for detail and his linguistic precision make for a strong sense of authenticity.' - Scottish Review of Books 'An apparent simplicity and a deep sophistication.' --Shetland Arts
About the Author
Ian Stephen is a writer, storyteller, artist and sailor from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. His prose, poetry and drama has been published around the world and garnered several awards, including the Robert Louis Stevenson Award. He was the first artist-in-residence at StAnza, Scotland's annual poetry festival.