In the summer of 1914 Alec Marquand has just graduated from college and has been hired by the lord of a remote country estate in the Scottish Highlands to survey the ancient Iron Age brochs that lie on his property. Once there Alec comes upon a small island which is called Eileen Tosdach--the Island of Silence. Just as Alec makes his amazing find, he is shipped off to war, sent to storm the beaches of Gallipoli. From the author of the Booker shortlisted The Industry of Souls, this is a gripping tour through one man's hell in search of a path for redemption.
Praise for Islands of Silence
“Haunting...quickly sucks the reader in....It's impossible not to be moved.” —The Washington Post Book World
“The book's strength comes from a well-orchestrated sense of mystery that pulls us into the story and continually keeps us off balance....Written with an admirably contained fury.” —Newsday
“As emotionally stark as it is magnetic...Compelling and, ultimately, illuminating.” —Denver Post
“[A] haunting new novel....Islands of Silence cuts to the quick. It is a powerful meditation on the sanctity of life and the devastation of war. Particularly at this juncture in world affairs, its resonance is profound. Read it and weep.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer