A Book of Death and Fish Hardcover – 9 Oct 2014
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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.
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We read the details in moments, stories, impressions, the whole adding up to a feeling that we've got to know Peter as if he's family, or else a long-standing close friend, and we miss him when it's all over. We grieve with him when he loses family and friends, and we're happy for his good times – and ultimately we'll be grieving for him, too. We hang out with him sometimes when nothing in particular is happening, just like we do in life: maybe that's part of why it all feels so authentic. The subject at any given moment may be boats or fish or recipes or some detail of a history lesson at school or a remembered island iincident (like the Iolaire disaster – still in living memory for some of the characters). It may be granny's courting days or Peter's father's weaving or banter in the coastguard station or some incident in the war or just in the school playground. The tides and currents and the elements, the ever-present seas rocking and rolling at the end of the road or underneath the boat. We can almost smell the salt in the air.
Despite the language being unusual, I soon got into it and found it became familiar, though it jumped about from being song-like and poetic to plain and down-to-earth; rhythmic and flowing sometimes, or else sort of bumpy. Maybe some of the words are made up, or maybe not, but the meanings are clear enough.
If you want to read a book that will give you a flavour of Lewis and island life and landscapes (and seascapes), or one that will take you back to the second half of the 20th century in familiar details, look no further. It's all here. It's addictive, too. I feel like I found a new friend, not just read a book. Great writing.
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