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Islands of Silence

Martin Booth

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ISBN 10: 1899235795 / ISBN 13: 9781899235797
Published by Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2003
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Islands of Silence

Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition - may be Reissue.

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Islands of Silence is the story of the young Alec Marquand, who in the summer of 1914 has just graduated from college with a degree in archaeology. He has been hired by the lord of a remote country estate in the Scottish Highlands to survey the ancient Stone Age brochs that lie on his property.

Once there Alec comes upon a small island which is called Eilean Tosdach--the Island of Silence. What Alec discovers on that island changes him forever. And just as Alec makes his amazing find, he is shipped off to war . . . a war he does not want to fight, but one in which he ends up as a medic aboard a ship ready to storm the beaches of Gallipoli.

A brilliantly crafted novel in the tradition of All’s Quiet on the Western Front and The Ghost Road, Islands of Silence is a tour through one man's hell in search of a path for redemption.

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Praise for Martin Booth’s Industry of Souls

“As we accompany Bayliss on a tour through his present and past, this meditative, unadorned novel, short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1998, raises questions about home, freedom, and the meaning of a life that resonate long after the final page is turned.” --The New York Times Book Review

“This is often lyrical and nimble, and accomplishes the not insignificant task of entertaining and enlightening by means of literary narrative.”--The Boston Book Review

“This fabric of contrasts is astonishing, as accomplished as anything in recent fiction. . . . Booth has created a world in which the best and the worst of life not only exist side by side but are inextricably linked--a world perhaps not unlike our own.”--The Seattle Times

The Industry of Souls surpasses other novels that rest in depicting the many horrors of gulag life.” --Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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